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The Age of Agile

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:     The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done
Author: Stephen Denning
Publisher: AMACOM
List Price: $28.00
Format: 336 Pages, Hardback
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3909-8-52800
Reviewer: Amitha Mosapeta, MBA, MS, PMP
Review Date: July 2020

 


 

Introduction

The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done by Stephen Denning is for corporations that must radically reinvent how they are organized and led and embrace a new management paradigm.  The book also mentions the experiences over decades of tens of thousands of organizations around the world.

In organizations that have embraced Agile management, self-organizing teams are continuously providing new value for customers. Because the work is done in an iterative fashion with continuous interaction with users, sometimes in real time. Agile management permits an organization to flourish in a marketplace that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous – the so-called VUCA world.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The first part of the book dealt with the positive principles of Agile Management and second part is dedicated to understanding why such cyclical setbacks occur and what can be done to prevent them.

  • Chapter 1 – More Value from Less Work
  • Chapter 2 – The Law of the Small Team
  • Chapter 3 – The Law of the Customer
  • Chapter 4 – The Law of the Network
  • Chapter 5 – Implementing Agile at Scale: Microsoft
  • Chapter 6 – From Operational to Strategic Agility
  • Chapter 7 – Changing the Organizational Culture
  • Chapter 8 – The Trap of Shareholder Value
  • Chapter 9 – The Trap of Share Buybacks
  • Chapter 10 – The Cost-Oriented Economics Trap
  • Chapter 11- The Trap of Backward-Looking Strategy

Highlights

Chapter 2 through Chapter 4 talks about the laws of Agile Management (Law of the Small Team, Law of the Customer, and Law of the Network). Chapter 5 talks about how Agile is implemented in Microsoft. Chapter 6 and chapter 7 talks about Operational to Strategic Agility and changing the Organizational Culture. Chapter 8 through Chapter 11 talks about management traps (Trap of Shareholder value, Trap of Share Buybacks, Cost-Oriented Economics Trap and the Trap of Backward-Looking Strategy).

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About the Reviewer


Amitha Mosapeta, MBA, MS, PMP

Dallas, Texas, USA

 

 

Miss Amitha Mosapeta is a Business System Analyst (BSA) with extensive experience in business analysis, project management, implementation, customization, and integration for companies in the financial services, manufacturing, and service industries. Amitha has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Master’s degree in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing, Master’s in Computer Science and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2014.

Email address: amitha.mosapeta@gmail.com

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

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What’s Your Problem?

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  What’s Your Problem?
Author:  Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $35.00
Publication Date:  2020
Format:  Softcover, 213 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63369-722-5
Reviewer: Michael J. Miers, PMP  
Review Date: June 2020

 


 

Introduction

What’s Your Problem? approaches problem solving in such clear and concise way that you can begin applying concepts right away without the need to finish the book completely.  Immediately the reader is challenged to frame and give consideration to ensuring that the right problem is being solved. How the problem is framed not only helps to determine the actions and efforts towards solutions overall, but also keeps one from addressing the wrong problem in the first place. The illustrations used to support the process are deliberate, simple and straight forward.  The book is written in a way that the reader can take immediate application of the core concepts.

Following the strategy prescribed in the framework helps one to make better decisions by avoiding false starts, wasted efforts and misuse of resources. The reframing loop is a reflective action that plainly speaks to the question, “What problem is it that we are trying to solve?”. The efforts made by stepping through and reexamining ill-defined problems can result in a more accurate and actionable problem statement.  Looking outside the frame is strategy used as well to ensure that the big picture is considered.

Overview of Book’s Structure

What’s Your Problem? is arranged in three parts:. Solve the Right Problem, How to Reframe and Overcome Resistance.  The parts are followed by an Appendix: Recommended Reading, a Notes Section an Index, an Acknowledgement Section and finally a section About the Author.

Material is arranged as follows:

Part One – Solve the Right Problem

Introduction – What’s Your Problem?

Chapter 1 – Reframing Explained

Part Two – How to Reframe

Chapter 2 – Getting Ready to Reframe

Chapter 3 – Frame the Problem

Chapter 4 – Look Outside the Frame

Chapter 5 – Rethink the Goal

Chapter 6 – Examine Bright Spots

Chapter 7 – Look in the Mirror

Chapter 8 – Take Their Perspective

Chapter 9 – Move Forward

Part Three – Overcome Resistance

Chapter 10 – Three Tactical Challenges

Chapter 11 – A Word in Parting

Appendix: Recommended Reading

Notes

Acknowledgements

About the Author

Highlights

After the term Reframing is explained in Chapter One, the main concentration of the book was in Part Two where focus was on Reframing the Problem. This Part was complete and comprehensive, taking the reader from Preparing to Reframe, to examination of the problem and then finally an opportunity to reexamine with reflection opportunities.

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About the Reviewer


Michael J. Miers, MBA, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

Michael J. Miers is a Quality Manager with experiences leading Research and Development projects and technical sales support functions. He has a track record for achieving improvements in cost, quality, cycle time and business processes. Additional experience: Project Management, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. ISO Internal Auditor for ISO 9001 Quality and ISO 14001 Environmental Stds, Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and Black Belt trained, Risk Assessment Moderator, Design for Reliability, Engineering Documentation Control. BS Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Associate Faculty teaching courses in: Production and Operations Management, Computer Graphics and Design, Project Procurement Management and Management of Organizations.

Michael can be contacted at MJMiers@hotmail.com  or on Linkedin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemiers/

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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Project Management for Healthcare

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management for Healthcare, 2nd Ed.
Author: David Shirley
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   $63.96
Format:  Hard cover, 254 pages
Publication Date:   February 2020
ISBN: 9780367252014
Reviewer: Sheila Jackson, PMP
Review Date: May 2020

 

 


 

Introduction

In Project Management for Healthcare Shirley provides a blueprint for the application and formalization of project management methodologies in United States healthcare settings. As the author points out early on, project management in the U.S. healthcare environment is unique from project management in other industries in several ways.

Foremost, the skill set of the practitioners, the people skills and bedside manner required, which Shirley generalizes as, “healthcare professionals are in the ‘people’ business.” Thusly, Shirley explains that most healthcare workers fall into the personality category of guardian, protecting those with whom they interact, and tend to be procedure oriented and follow processes. Additionally, the types of projects that take place in healthcare settings are unique in that often some aspect of life and death are involved. Shirley’s understanding, definition, and instruction from these distinctions are the strength of this book.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Shirley has organized the book for active and ongoing use throughout the project lifecycle, as situations arise and as the need for methodologies emerges. Though there are sections written in narrative style, the instructional, textbook structure lends itself well to being used as a manual or guidebook in real time. Key review questions and endnotes extend the use of the content for further reading and development.

Shirley shares his views and experiences while including brief case studies that support before/after examples of application. This book would be an ideal job aid.

There are some sections that are repetitive of content in most any project management or business leadership book, and yet what makes this book stand out is the extension of this content into the healthcare environment and how one would apply it in particular.

Highlights

Project Management for Healthcare is an inside look at environmental processes, including the industry’s own set of challenges and opportunities for the project manager. Shirley references the interrelated secondary and tertiary influences (which are many) and stakeholders (again, many) that impact project delivery in healthcare. The book is divided into seven parts: Definition, The Details, Management Skills as a Necessity, Beyond Project Management, Intersection of Healthcare and Manufacturing, Greening Healthcare, and Healthcare Agility. Several chapters include charts and graphs. He covers reporting, problem solving, documentation, conflict resolution, and the emotional intelligence skills required to succeed in an industry held to high customer service standards…

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About the Reviewer


Sheila Jackson

North Texas, USA

 

 

Sheila Jackson, PMP, MBA, PSM1 has more than seventeen years of project management experience, in multiple industries and settings, including healthcare. Sheila serves as Sr. Program Manager, Lifelong Learning, at the American Heart Association. Sheila has an MBA from University of North Texas and a BA in Psychology from Baylor University.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published.  Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact editor@pmworldjournal.net.

 

 

Project Management PRAXIS

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management PRAXIS
Author:  Dr. Kenneth F. Smith, PMP
Publisher:  Central Books Supply, INC.
List Price:  $ 65.00
Format: Paperback, 358 pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 9781722460082
Reviewer: Swati Shah
Review Date:  February 2020

 


 

Introduction

This book is a compilation of “Best Practices” for planning, monitoring, managing and evaluation of projects and programs (to some extent portfolios as well). It provides an in-depth overview of the Classical Project Management tools and techniques available during the early 20th as well as the current era of Project Management.

The author, Dr. Smith, has diverse experience as an analyst & system specialist with the US Department of Defense, Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and through his involvement as an itinerant project consultant with the international development donor community – including the World Bank, African Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank. Every chapter of the book reflects the plethora of knowledge Dr.  Smith has gained throughout his career as a long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI); a practitioner, researcher-evaluator, manager, advisor, consultant, and instructor/facilitator in project management. He has developed the Project Management ‘Tool Kit’ as an aid to make project management decisions and to evaluate project performance. This toolkit available to purchase separately.

Overview of Book’s Structure:

The book consists of 10 chapters with 358 pages. The book is a recapitulation of the author’s “Treasure Trove” – his perspectives and his created and/or adapted Project Management Tools and Techniques.

Chapter-by-Chapter Review

Chapter 1 primarily covers historical journey of the Critical Path Method and the several related tools and techniques for planning, scheduling, monitoring, and evaluation. During the early 20th century, these tools and practices were used first by (or for) the U.S. Military, then subsequently honed for broader use. The top three are: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Gantt/Bar with Milestones Charts, and Critical Path Method. It is intriguing to see the growth from manual data computation, Plan-a-log kit in a suitcase, typewriters, Spirit and Ink copiers, IBM 7090, Fortran 4, Primavera, to MS Project. This chapter gives you an appreciation for the fact that Project Management has been around for a while and has progressed over time!

Chapter 2 provides an overview of the EVM (Earned Value Management) with detailed discussion of Primary “Driver” indicators, “Derivative Indices”, “Derivative Values” and “Derivative Percentages” indicators. The author highlights some unique limitations of the monitoring and measuring project performance.

Chapter 3 focuses on projects containing repetitive or iterative processes. The Line of Balance (consists of Production flow plan, an objective chart, and a Progress Status Chart) can plan and monitor such projects more efficiently, economically, and effectively.

 

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About the Reviewer

 


Swati Shah

Irving, Texas, USA

 

Swati Shah currently works as a Project Coordinator at a manufacturing company based in Irving, Texas, USA. She was previously an Elementary School Teacher. Swati secured her CAPM and CSM certificates and has applied her teaching skills as well as ongoing project management experience to successfully transition to, and be successful in, the field of Project Management. She aspires to secure her PMP certification in the near future.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

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Thriving at the Edge of Chaos

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Thriving at the Edge of Chaos; Managing Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems
Author:  Jonathan Sapir
Publisher:  Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
List Price: $150.00
Format:  Hardcover, 238 pages
Publication Date: December 2019
ISBN: 9780367405403
Reviewer: Shauna Skolnick
Review Date: May 2020

 


 

Introduction

“Thriving at the Edge of Chaos” presents a compelling argument for embracing uncertainty rather than avoiding it. Sapir offers a framework for a total paradigm shift in methodology that would allow businesses to thrive in today’s modern, complex, rapidly changing world. This new mindset rejects the ineffective, rigid, yesteryear concepts of project management based around detailed planning and prediction, and replaces them with a more flexible Complex Adaptive System (CAS) methodology. Managing projects in a fluid system built to react favorably to change and chaos leads to skillfully riding the wave of unpredictability, and ultimately accelerating success and facilitating innovation.

This book boldly challenges the stagnant standard operating procedures and principles of project management and forces us to consider whether they are too archaic to be effective anymore. In short, we cannot do today’s job with yesterday’s tools. It’s time for an upgrade; it’s time to retool.

As our world evolves into a more advanced, complex, dare we say chaotic environment, the methodologies with which we work must also evolve so that we can successfully thrive at the edge of chaos. This new perspective, applying CAS thinking to the field of Project Management, would improve efficiency and productivity, generate new ideas, increase personal ownership and accountability, as well as shorten timelines, reduce costs and the need for micro-management and provide better products overall.

Offering poignant examples of successful companies that have embraced this shift and reaped great rewards because of it, Sapir makes a strong case in favor of adopting CAS – breaking the old mold may not be easy, but the alternative in such a competitive world is to become obsolete.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book first defines the concept of Complexity Science, and describes how to best apply it to the world of Project Management. Sapir then lays out the most common current status quo problems, the unintended consequences, and daily struggles project managers often face. He then skillfully demonstrates how a CAS solution would benefit project management for each area of focus providing relevant examples for all phases; Planning/Design, Task Scheduling, Execution, Resource Allocation, Monitoring, and Optimization.

Throughout the book, Sapir compares the benefits of this new method against the dangers of the current status quo so the reader has relevant examples with which to form an opinion about the best direction true visionaries should go.

Highlights

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the CAS model it is exactly the concept that thriving companies such as UBER, Lyft, VRBO, AirBnB have built flourishing businesses upon. In fact, these are visionary businesses that have completely disrupted their traditional respective industries. It is what sets them apart from the others, barely functioning under old methodologies.

 

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About the Reviewer

 


Shauna Skolnick

North Texas, USA

 

 

Shauna Skolnick is a Technology Staffing Industry leader with 20 years of experience managing high-volume critical business operations. She has focused her career on National Account Resource Planning, Talent Acquisition, Team Training, and Performance Management & Metrics. Her success is attributed to providing quality technical resources required to support Fortune 100 clients and Federal Government Secret/Top Secret Cleared engagements.

Shauna can be contacted at sskolnick@grandecom.net

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

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Human + Machine

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI
Authors:  Paul R. Daugherty & H James Wilson
Publisher: HBR Press
List Price:  $32.00
Format:  Hard cover, 264 page
Publication Date: 2018       
ISBN: 13:978-1-63369-386-9
Reviewer:  Kiran Patel, PMP
Review Date: March 2020

 


 

Introduction

The introduction provides an overview of how robot and human interaction and use in the past and possibly in the future. It summarizes the change or impact of technology and how humans can take advantage of the new technology revolution in using robots and AI. It talks about the distinct major shifts in human work and daily life, how it was before, and how it will change things in future with advancement of technology and human use of robotics, AI

The different phases are termed as waves of changes, the key being that in the past robots were used to operate as separate and distinct units, based on commands or instructions from humans. There is expected to be a major shift in this relationship between robots and humans where humans and robots will work together in collaboration, and with AI allowing interaction between the two.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure of the book has the typical introduction section followed by the core content of the book chapters.

The book has two distinct sections. The first section has topics on:

  1. Impact of robots and AI in production/manufacturing, supply chain and the distribution network and process
  2. How robots and AI will change the business and accounting world
  3. How robots and AI will change and also speed up R&D and the innovation business
  4. How robots and AI will change customer service, sales and marketing businesses

The Second Section of the Book is more focused on AI topics.

  1. The roles of humans in the use of AI, their role in AI and related factors that need to be considered
  2. How AI can be unleashed or leveraged for improving human productivity
  3. How leaders can get started in considering AI for their business
  4. Eight new type of jobs and skills that will be required for an AI workplace

Highlights

The major phases in human life over the nearly last 100 years.

The advent of industrial revolution to mechanize repetitive, mundane, or difficulty tasks. This is the period when trains, textiles mills and other industries popped up and removed the hard, repetitive and mundane labor-intensive tasks in the workplace.

The advent of mass production using speciation of each worker and process in manufacturing. This changed the efficiency of production and helped reduce costs, and made is possible for large populations to create, purchase and use products like cars, tv, fridges, etc.

 

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About the Reviewer

 


Kiran Patel, PMP

Plano, Texas, USA

 

 

Kiran Patel is a certified project management professional with 15+ years of project and program management experience. He has worked on a broad range of IT technologies and worked in the USA and UK. Kiran has completed projects in the areas of new product introduction project from concept phase to design, testing, launch and end of life. He has worked in the areas of healthcare technology, information security, HR technology, global product support, hardware and software implementation, and process improvement. Kiran’s interest in robotics stem from an early age and as a result complete a BSc degree in combined engineering, which is ideal for robotics since they use electro mechanical and computing technology. Recently Kiran completed a course on handling and programming a FANUC robot.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

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The Sponsor Effect

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Sponsor Effect: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others
Author:  Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $30.00 USD Hardcover
Format:  Hardcover, 208 pages – also available as eBook
Publication Date:   June 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-565-8
Reviewer:  Renee Lucero, PMP, PSM, SSGB
Review Date:  March 2020

 

 


 

Introduction

How will you ensure your legacy? Will the initiatives and vision of your company continue to grow and thrive in perpetuity? The Sponsor Effect: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others, is an easy-to-read book providing both instruction and guidance on how to create an effective sponsorship. Sylvia Ann Hewlett, economist and CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners, uses a combination of statistical data from the Center for Talent Innovation, and anecdotal stories from interviews with both protégés and sponsors to support the practical application of sponsorship in any industry and at every level of business. The author makes the case for the proper implementation of sponsor- protégé relationships based on the value it adds to the sponsor, protégé, and organization. Emphasis is placed on the benefits of sponsorship including increased promotion opportunities, with 53% of senior executives engaged in sponsorship reporting promotions, inclusion and diversity increasing profitability for businesses by increasing their market reach and ensuring the legacy by grooming the protégé to continue the growth of the organization.

Examples of sponsorship relationships range from success stories like Steve Jobs and Time Cook to less successful examples like the late John McCain and Sarah Palin. The author identifies attributes and actions which can determine the success or failure of a sponsorship while providing guidance on how to handle the challenges which can arise.

The author identifies the following seven steps to effective sponsorship:

  1. Identify potential protégés.
  2. Include diverse perspectives.
  3. Inspire for performance and loyalty.
  4. Instruct to fill skill gaps.
  5. Inspect your prospects.
  6. Instigate a deal.
  7. Invest in three ways.

 

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Sponsor Effect: How to be a better leader by investing in others is arranged in three sections: What Every Leader Needs to Know, The Playbook for Success, and Dangers and Legacies.  The sections are followed by five-pages of chapter notes, a nine-page alphabetical index, an acknowledgement and about the author page.

Material is arranged as follows:

PART ONE: What Every Leader Needs to Know – Three chapters: Sponsorship and the Power of Protégés ~ Presenting the Research – and Common Mistakes ~ Payoffs for Sponsor

PART TWO: The Playbook for Success – Eight chapters: Identify Potential Protégés ~ Include Diverse Perspectives ~ Inspire for Performance and Loyalty ~ Instruct to Fill the Gaps ~ Inspect Your Prospects ~ Instigate a Deal ~ Invest Three Ways ~ Integrate and Bring it all Together.

PART THREE: Dangers and Legacies – Two chapters: #MeToo and the Third Rail ~ Legacy.

NOTES

INDEX

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Highlights

Many business professionals have engaged at one point or another in a mentor-mentee relationship, while some may even believe they have engaged in a sponsor- protégé relationship. A true sponsorship is deeply reciprocal, benefits both the protégé and the sponsor, is based on trust, and has longevity. Professionals at every level need to understand the importance and benefits of sponsorship while also knowing how to properly implement a relationship…

 

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About the Reviewer

 


Renee Lucero

North Texas, USA

 

 

Renee Lucero is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and a Six Sigma Green Belt.  She is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the College of William and Mary and is completing her MBA from the University of Maryland, Global College in June 2020.  She is a life-long student slated to begin the Doctor of Business Administration program at the University of Dallas in Fall 2020.

Email address: lucero.renee@gmail.com

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reneelucero/

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide books to the PM World Journal; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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Cybersecurity

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Cybersecurity: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review  
Author:  Various Authors
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review
List Price:   $22.95
Format:  Soft Cover, 176 pages
Publication Date:  2019      
ISBN: 13:978-1-63369-787-4
Reviewer: Edward Raibick, PMP
Review Date:  April 2020

 

 


 

Introduction

The Harvard Business Review book titled CYBERSECURITY is one in a series of books pertaining to protecting a company’s valuable assets. The series is dedicated to providing insight on today’s fastest moving issues. The other books in this series from HBR include Agile, Artificial intelligence, Blockchain, Monopolies and Tech Giants and Strategic Analytics.

The book touches on the cyber security topics relevant to businesses in this fast paced, network connected society. Topics include cyber security and risk mitigation, security investment and budgets, C-level metrics and reporting, employee training and awareness, and Artificial Intelligence / automation. It also provides insights from several perspectives for things to avoid, based on previous lessons learned throughout the industry.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1.- Internet Security by Alex Blau discusses the modern internet-connected society, recent cyber-attacks and the three physical pillars of security. He discusses the critical infrastructure sectors that are vital to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also dives into the need for regular operating system patch updates and the consequences of ignoring this security maintenance task. Disaster recovery and backup systems are also discussed.
  • Chapter 2.- Security Trends by the Numbers by Scott Berinato and Matt Perry introduces the reader to the average number of attacks and breaches per company, the average cost of cyber-crime, external cyber-attacks by business sector, internal attacks, and what is attacked most often.
  • Chapter 3 – Why Boards Aren’t Dealing with Cyberthreats by J Yo-Cheng and Boris Groysberg dives into the reasons many Board of Directors are not ready or concerned about cyberthreats. It provides survey results of the several questions pertaining to cybersecurity and the strategic threat and average costs of data breaches in an organization.
  • Chapter 4 – The Behavioral Economics of Why Executives Undervest in Cybersecurity by Alex Blau discusses determining the return on investment (ROI) choices faced by executives, behavioral economics and the use of the wrong mental models in making investment decisions. The reader ins introduced to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA). The chapter touches on peer-review surveys and weakest link in cybersecurity management.

 

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About the Reviewer


Edward Raibick, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 Edward Raibick, PMP is a Senior Project Management Consultant with extensive experience in software engineering, managerial and IT Project Management. Edward holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Internet and IT security, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and an Associate in Specialized Technology degree in Electronics. His career includes over 10 years with the IBM Corporation and over 15 years with Texas Instruments. His consultant projects include major clients such as Experian, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

Edward is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired his PMP certification in 2011. Edward is also currently the Director of the Dallas PMI Chapter Book Review Program.

Contact: Email address: raibick@sbcglobal.net or Phone: 1+ (469) 667-3792

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the PM World Journal and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

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Project Management Hacking

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management Hacking: How to Manage Projects More Efficiently and Effectively in Less Time  
Author:  Douglas Peyton Martin
Publisher:  Routledge/Productivity Press
List Price:   $79.95 or $15.96
Format:  Hardcover or Paperback,
Publication Date:  2020
ISBN: 978-0-367-34815-1
Reviewer:  Kristyn Popejoy, PMP
Review Date:  March 2020

 

 


 

Introduction

This book attempts to give project managers tips to achieve certification, lead teams, projects, and hone life skills. The book is brief. The author does not provide concrete templates or structured examples but instead makes his point through storytelling. His intention is clear to make his point and move on.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Across nine chapters, the book covers certification, personal development, leading a project team, process groups, general life skills, other duties, and summary.

Within each chapter, the author describes a standard path, evil path, and hacker path. The standard path section is brief and merely an introduction to the chapter. The evil path covers what not to do while the hacker path provides the authors tips and tricks. All recommendations for finding efficiency and effectivity while managing projects are located in the hacker path portion of each chapter.

Highlights

The book highlights a few specific opportunities that are time saving opportunities for a project manager.

The main point is a project manager needs to lay groundwork early in the planning portion for time saving success later in the project when executing, monitoring, and controlling processes are occurring. Half way through the book the author finally calls out where a project manager can save time!

Douglas highlights that project managers should not have their “nose down” into the product. Focusing on the product is a trap. Instead, project managers should focus their time on the project “that provide zero residual value to the product being delivered.”

Other highlights include empowering the project manager to escalate and raise issues, shorten meeting time, change, listen for silence, and issue resolution.

 

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About the Reviewer

 


Kristyn Popejoy

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Kristyn Popejoy, PMP, is Assistant Director of Program Management with 14 years in the transportation and trucking industry. Her experience ranges from sales planning, procurement, supply chain, product development and project management.

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com.

 

 

The Stakeholder Perspective

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Stakeholder Perspective: Relationship Management to Increase Value and Success Rates of Projects       
Author:  Massimo Pirozzi
Publisher:  Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
List Price:  $59.95
Format:  Hardcover, 170 pages
Publication Date:  2020     
ISBN:  978-0-367-18476-6
Reviewer:  Philip Wiens, PMP
Review Date: March 2020

 


 

Introduction

Project success, and the subsequent realization of business value, can be a very elusive destination. Very capable and brilliant project managers have mastered their processes and tools but have overlooked a vital key to success…the human stakeholder. When I studied to become a certified project manager, I reserved a priority for stakeholder management that ranked thirteenth in comparison to the other knowledge areas. This of course resembles its relative position in the knowledge area matrix. Massimo Pirozzi shows us in The Stakeholder Perspective that stakeholders are not just a thing, they are the only thing!

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured in a way to facilitate a perspective change. The reader is going to be taken on a journey that begins with the current state of stakeholder management, shows you the gap, and introduces you to solutions. A large part of the book provides information needed to understand and teach to others the lessons of the stakeholder perspective. Pirozzi uses every relevant industry definition, diagram, and map to honor and abide by our industries most storied teachings, while at the same time introducing a brave and much needed paradigm shift.

The chapters are laid out as follows….

Part I. THE STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVE

Chapter 1. Stakeholders, Who Are They?
Chapter 2. The Recent Central Role of Stakeholders in Project Management
Chapter 3 Stakeholder Identification: Integrating Multiple Classification and Behavioral Models
Chapter 4. Effective Stakeholder Analysis: A Systemic Approach
Chapter 5. Key Stakeholders Management: Principles of Effective Direct Communication
Chapter 6. Stakeholder Network Management: Informative and Interactive Communication
Chapter 7. Basic Personal and Interpersonal Skills: Personal Mastery, Leadership, Teaming
Chapter 8. Ethics in Stakeholder Relations

Part II. THE RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT PROJECT

Chapter 9. Stakeholder Relations and Delivered Value: An Indissoluble Link
Chapter 10. Satisfying Stakeholder Requirements and Expectations: The Critical Success Factor
Chapter 11. Facing Successfully Different Levels of Project Complexity
Chapter 12. Targeting Both Project and Business Value Generation by Using KPIs
Chapter 13. Relationship Management Project: A Structured Path to Effectiveness
Chapter 14. New Stakeholder-Centered Trends: Project Management X.0

Highlights

There is extensive use of models, maps, and figures. This is particularly valuable if you have never seen them before. But even if you are a certified project manager or have studied project management, a lot of the figures are presented with new insight.

 

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About the Reviewer


Philip Wiens

Texas, USA

 

 

Philip Wiens is a certified and experienced project manager who leads companies to their strategic objectives by managing successful IT projects. He is committed to daily professional and personal growth.

Philip can be contacted at Philip.wiens@live.com

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review who agree to provide a review within 45 days; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. 

If you have read a good recently-published book related to managing programs, projects or teams of professionals, consider authoring a book review for publication in the PM World Journal.  For our standard format or for more information, contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com or visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/book-review-program/

If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact Editor@pmworldjournal.com.

 

 

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