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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. 

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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. 

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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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/

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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/

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Mommy is a Project Manager

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Mommy is a Project Manager
Author: Mei Y. Lin
Illustrated by: Yoyo Chang
Publisher: Fnova Publishing, LLC
List Price: $19.99
Format: 22 pages, hardback
Publication Date: 2019       
ISBN: 978-1-951486-00-6
Reviewer: Lawrence Reid, PMP
Review Date: 02/2020

 


 

Introduction

Mommy is a Project Manager is a creative children’s book that tells the story of what project managers are and what they do at work and at home in a detailed yet simplified way for children to understand. One of the unique and interesting details is that the pages are written in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Mommy is a Project Manager is a short easy to read book to be shared with children to explain what mommy does as a project manager.

Highlights

Mommy is a Project Manager references the PMBOK knowledge areas and how they are applied at work and home. The left page describes an aspect of project management at work and the right page describes the same aspect applied at home. The colorful illustrations creatively flow between the pages to help reinforce the transference of project management skills between work and home.

Who Might Benefit from the Book?

Children are the obvious audience of Mommy is a Project Manager. Adults may use the book as a useful tool to explain to children what the parent is doing while at work.

 

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About the Reviewer


Lawrence Reid, PMP

Bedford, Texas

 

 

Lawrence Reid, PMP is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist with extensive experience in project management, needs analysis, implementation, customization, and integration for companies in the aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, and medical industries. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is a member of the Dallas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Project Management Institute. Lawrence presented at the University of Dallas and Project Management Institute Symposium in 2019 on CRM in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

 

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/

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The Leader You Want To Be

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Leader You Want to Be:  Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self — Every Day
Author:  Amy Jen Su
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:  US$28.00
Format:  Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication Date:  2019      
ISBN: 9781633695917
Reviewer:   Phil A. Elsner, MS, PMP
Review Date:  February 2020

 


 

Introduction

“The Leader You Want to Be” was written by executive coach Amy Jen Su to illustrate how choosing to employ either of two imaginary contrasting mindsets can cause some people to succeed as leaders while others fail.

The successful “Leader A” mindset promotes relaxed, confident, servant leaders who are generous of spirit; the “Leader B” mindset causes stressful, uncertain, needy, and dictatorial behaviors.

The author contends that all of us frequently switch back and forth between “A” and “B” modes and relates anecdotes from her coaching experiences to show how some “Leader B” types became more effective by using “Leader A” thinking.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Introduction – explains the two Leader mindsets and defines a framework of five principles (Purpose, Process, People, Presence, and Peace) common to effective leadership.

Chapter 1 – defines four stress-inducing pitfalls people fall into that sabotage successful “A” actions while trying to get things done when time is short:

  • Just Do More
  • Just Do It Now
  • Just Do It Myself
  • Just Do It Later

Chapter 2 – The Power of Purpose guides the reader in identifying the tangible and intangible elements of his(/her) contribution and the passion (motivation, energy, and inspiration) elements behind accomplishing actions.  Once defined, the contribution and passion elements are mapped into a two-by-two matrix which facilitates prioritization and scheduling.

Chapter 3 – The Power of Process encourages leaders to understand and work within their personal preferences concerning process and structure with an eye to reconciling priorities with passion and contributive value.

Chapter 4 – The Power of People covers points about who has the skills and abilities to do what throughout the organization from now into the future for succession planning and explores communication among departments for finding honest help, boundaries, and feedback.  This author loves to make bullet lists throughout the book and creates many as checklisting exercises.

 

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About the Reviewer


Phil Elsner

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Phil Elsner is a business results project manager in the Dallas, Texas area.  He is a passionate advocate for using the talents of Project Management Professionals to get things accomplished in the business world with maximum effectiveness and minimum wasted effort.

Phil proudly holds multiple degrees in biomedical sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and the The University of Texas of The Permian Basin. He credits his high school Spanish teacher for his being English/Spanish bilingual.

He began his professional Information Technology career as an application programmer and rose through the ranks of systems analysis, systems design, and team leadership on his way to managing projects in industries as diverse as telecommunication, financial services, mortgage processing, and healthcare.

Phil grew up in the first FM radio station in West Texas and remains connected to broadcasting as project manager and executive producer of high school football on radio and Internet in the heart of the Permian Basin.

He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and a lifelong self-described “serial volunteer” leading networking groups in the Dallas area. Music has always been a part of Phil’s life.  He has earned ten Barbershop Harmony Society gold medals as a bass singer in the Dallas-based Vocal Majority.

Coworkers have said that Phil Elsner is different from many other project managers because he never forgets that the processes completed in projects are done by real people who deserve to be treated as such and because he believes that keeping a relaxed environment and sense of humor on the job make people happier and outcomes better.

He is active in the PMI Dallas chapter and can be contacted at  P.A.Elsner@gmail.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/

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Being the Boss

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:     Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader
Author:  Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:  $35.00
Format: hardcover, 320 pages
Publication Date:  2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-689-3
Reviewer: Sherrie Dotson, PMP 
Review Date:  March 2020

 


 

Introduction

No one goes into management with the vision of being a poor manager, but many who were star performers as individual contributors do find themselves unprepared and untrained for the complexities and the paradoxes involved in today’s management landscape. Fortunately, for those willing, the skills needed to manage multifunctional, multicultural and multigenerational work forces within fluid, constantly changing organizations can be learned. In a world where external forces such as globalization, technology changes and competition require companies and their employees to be ever more agile and responsive, it is imperative for managers to honestly look at their management style and its effectiveness and be willing to master the art of being a good boss.

According to authors Linda Hill and Kent Lineback, effective management is more than finding ways to cope or even about delivering outcomes. It is about developing and sharing a clear vision of what is important now, and in the future, and then using that vision to set priorities, drive decisions and achieve goals. In “Being the Boss,” Hill and Lineback cover their studies on what effective managers actually do and the common mistakes of less effective managers. They have distilled their concepts into three imperatives:

  • Manage yourself
  • Manage your network
  • Manage your tea

Overview of Book’s Structure

“Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader” opens with a short script about a new manager, named Jason, and how his morning progresses phone call-by-phone call. This short account demonstrates, painfully, how he is immediately thrown into the deep end with urgent and critical expectations and issues. It makes for a perfect and engaging lead into the first chapter of the book. In this chapter, the authors discuss why being a manager is so hard. A short survey at the end of the chapter allows the reader to explore her own management style.

After the introductory chapter, the book is split into 3 parts – one for each imperative. Throughout the book, the reader follows Jason and his daily experiences as a manager. None of these situations is simplistic or easily resolved. Instead each one provides an opportunity for the reader to really stop and consider how he might respond and to what outcomes.

While Hill and Lineback never give pat right and wrong answers, they do ask pointed questions about the reader’s responses and behaviors to various situations and point out the behaviors and characteristics of effective managers. They also provide a roadmap of tasks that managers should be doing to master each imperative. It takes time to ingrain these actions into habits, but the benefits are clear.

At the end of every section, a short survey allows the reader to consider the concepts in terms of what he or she believes and helps in discovering areas of improvement.

Highlights

Managing yourself is the first imperative. This part discusses your beliefs around management and how you interact with others. Because formal authority is an ineffective management strategy, leaders must learn more effective methods of influencing others to succeed. However, the type of influence cultivated matters. Managers who are authentic and approachable garner more trust, but it is critical not to cross boundaries. For example, a manager really cannot afford to be a close friend to an employee and still be impartial enough to make the hard decisions that may be required.

 

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About the Reviewer


Sherrie Dotson

Texas, USA

 

 

Sherrie Dotson, PMP is Learning and Development Program Manager with over 25+ years helping create and implement global training programs. She earned her PMP in 2015 and has since helped organizations implement more robust project management techniques in their training development cycles. Her background has been focused on cybersecurity and IT networking companies supporting their customer, partner and technical employee training and development programs.

Sherrie can be reached at Sherrie@skdotson.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/

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The Human Factor in Project Management

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Human Factor in Project Management
Author:  Denise Thompson
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   $74.95
Format:  Hardcover, 180 pages
Publication Date:  2019
ISBN: 978-1138064195
Reviewer: Leticia Peevy, PMP
Review Date: February 2020

 


 

Introduction

This book is less about project management and more about behaviors and relationships. It focuses on the relationships among all members of a project, from the project manager to the team members to the stakeholders, as well as the relationship of the project manager with themselves. It yearns the reader to look inward and dig deep to understand themselves first, in order to interact and understand others.

The book also provides numerous examples and stories that all weave back into the central theme that tools and processes help one understand project status, but don’t control it. People and behaviors are the true controllers of project outcomes.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book consists of 10 chapters with 180 pages. The book has both an index and a references section at the end. The structure of the book feels more like a textbook than a reading book. The chapters are also organized in work breakdown structure format, with Chapter 1 having its sub-sections numbered 1.1, 1.2, and so on.

The font used in the book is small, and there is a lot of information provided, so this is not a quick read. There are several multi-day case scenarios that are used to lead up to a point and provide thorough background for the reader to ponder and relate to real life scenarios.

Highlights

The book has many great points and references several relevant events in modern society and ties those back to the human factors at play on projects.  What is our commonality? We are human! And there is a universal set of principles that work on us all. Understanding what those principals are and how we can use those to work for us instead of against us is the big highlight of this book.

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About the Reviewer

 


Leticia Peevy

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Leticia Peevy, PMP, is a Project Manager Specialist with 22+ years’ experience managing development, implementation, upgrade and conversion IT software projects. The bulk of her experience is with large projects including bank conversions, application upgrades and development. Leticia is a certified JMT member and enjoys conducting leadership training and consulting.  She is also a co-founder of “Connective Journey”, which hosts emersion and masterclass courses as well as overnight retreats.

Leticia can be contacted at info@leticiapeevy.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/

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On Reinventing HR

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Reinventing HR
Authors:  Marcus Buckingham, Reid Hoffman, Ram Charan, Peter Cappelli + Others
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   US$24.95
Format:  Paperback, 208 pages
Publication Date: June 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-784-3
Reviewer:  Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP
Review Date: February 2020

 


 

Introduction

Even with eight years of business education, I never really felt as though I knew as much as I should about the Human Resources function. Aside from the odd college course or corporate training session on HR topics, most of my learning in this area came from observing HR leaders and on-the-job training as a manager and as an employee.

When I had the opportunity to review this book, I was really interested to do so.  While I suspected that there was a good deal of change underway in this space, just from watching the goings-on in the workplace in recent years, I wasn’t aware of the angst that existed in the C-suite over the proper place and role for the Chief Human Resources Officer. Like the invitation of the finance vice presidents to the C-suite in the 1980’s, and the data processing vice presidents in the 1990’s, the elevation of the human resource vice presidents to Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and the inner circle is underway today. The CHRO must become a trusted advisor to the CEO and part of the decision-making circle rather than just implementing decisions.

HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Reinventing HR is an excellent collection of articles that gives you a front-row seat to the considerations and real change that is underway, the reasons these moves are being undertaken, and the results corporations are seeing. The workplace is changing and its management must change with it to shape the workplace of the future. While this collection of articles is useful for any manager, the Project Manager can benefit from this insight as they manage multi-generational, more diverse teams with new tools and new attitudes, in a much more project-focused, faster-paced environment than we previously experienced.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is a collection of the 11 most important articles, ideas, and best practices on Human Resources according to the Harvard Business Review.

Contents

  • “People Before Strategy: A New Role for the CHRO,” by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, and Dennis Carey (BONUS ARTICLE)
  • “How Netflix Reinvented HR,” by Patty McCord
  • “HR Goes Agile,” by Peter Cappelli and Anna Tavis (this PMP’s favorite)
  • “Reinventing Performance Management,” by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
  • “Better People Analytics,” by Paul Leonardi and Noshir Contractor
  • “21st-Century Talent Spotting,” by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz
  • “Tours of Duty: The New Employer-Employee Contract,” by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, and Chris Yeh
  • “Creating the Best Workplace on Earth,” by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones
  • “Why Diversity Programs Fail,” by Frank Dobbins and Alexandra Kalev
  • “When No One Retires,” by Paul Irving
  • “Collaborative Intelligence: Humans and AI Are Joining Forces,” by H. James Wilson and Paul R. Daugherty.

Highlights

For any manager, these articles take the initiatives and experiences of executives in firms that we all consider “household names” – for example, Netflix, GE, IBM, P&G, Cigna and Johnson & Johnson – and examine them, explain why moves were made and how their companies changed as a result.

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About the Reviewer

 


Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP

North Texas, USA

 

 

Patt Chowdhury is Managing Principal at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, a consultancy offering program and project planning, business research, and training in support of marketing and sales enablement. She is an experienced marketing executive and senior manager with extensive experience in marketing operations, program and project management, product management, process development and information technology at iconic Fortune 500 brands including American Airlines, Sabre, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hewlett Packard, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the travel and transportation, information technology, consulting, and telecommunications industries, where she managed worldwide programs generating as much as one billion dollars in annual revenues.

Patt has been an adjunct professor at the AACSB International-accredited Gupta College of Business at The University of Dallas for more than 24 years where she teaches Foundations of Marketing, Value-Based Marketing, International Marketing, Business & Society, and Managing Complex Organizations. She is a member of the PMI Dallas Chapter and is Vice President of Programs, overseeing more than 80 events a year that provide professional development and networking opportunities to chapter members and their guests.

Patt can be contacted at patt.chowdhury@gmail.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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