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Alive at Work

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do
Author:  Dr Daniel M. Cable
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:  $30.00
Format: Hard Cover, 203 pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-63369-425-5
Reviewer: Oghenemena Okobiah
Review Date: October 2019

 


 

Introduction

To start and grow a company is not an easy task, to sustain continued growth is a more difficult task. The same can be said with hiring and managing workforce. Hiring and integrating a motivated employee into a team is a task, sustaining the level of excitement and ingenuity for that employee is an intricate task. In today’s world where competition is high and running a lean workforce requires more work done with less resources, keeping the energy levels of your workforce is a key to improving and maintaining productivity and performance tor sustainable growth.

Dr. Daniel Cable, the author, carefully takes on an insightful journey into the world of employee disengagement, understanding how it happens and a roadmap to  creating sustainable passion and creativity in today’s workforce.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Alive at work seeks to help the reader understand the essential nature of employee engagement and systems to help employees “bring their best selves to work” through to the finish line.

The book is structured in four main parts: Part I: The Seeking System:- Understanding the current state of things and how to make them better; Part II: Self Expression:- Promoting self-expression and encouraging employees to bring their best to work; Part III: Experimentation:- Exploring systems to improve engagement and creativity; Part IV: Purpose:- Helping employees experience the value of their work.

Each chapter is well written with real world examples that illustrate the concepts and its applications.

Highlights

Dr Daniel Cable introduces the concept that learning, and exploration are basic human concepts inherently designed to evoke the better part of the “us” human species. These seeking systems, play a fundamental role in our human aspirations. In Dr Daniel’s words, “when the seeking systems are not active, human aspirations remain frozen in an endless winter of discontent”.

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About the Reviewer


Mena Okobiah

Texas, USA

 

Mena Okobiah is a mechanical engineer with over 9 years of experience in construction, manufacturing and aerospace sectors. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Texas and working towards obtaining his PMP certification.

Mena can be reached at mena.okobiah@yahoo.com and on linked in  on www.linkedin.com/in/menaokobiah

 

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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HBR’S 10 MUST READS on Business Model Innovation

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: HBR’S 10 MUST READS on Business Model Innovation
Author: Multiple
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
List Price: $34.95
Format: soft cover, 163 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN-13: 978-1-63369-687-7
Reviewer: Lawrence Reid, PMP
Review Date: October 2019

 


 

Introduction

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Business Model Innovations is part of Harvard Business Review’s bestselling series. “HBR’s 10 Must Reads is the definitive collection of ideas and best practices for aspiring and experienced leaders alike” according to hbr.org. This edition explores a brief history of business models and how it plays an important part of remaining relevant in an era of rapid changes.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Each section provides a summary of a notable publication pertaining to business models. Each section also includes a synopsis with the heading “Idea in Brief”. A bonus article, “Reinventing Your Business Model,” is included in addition to the top 10.

Why Business Models Matter
by Joan Magretta

Reinventing Your Business Model
by Mark W. Johnson, Clayton M. Christensen, and Henning Kagermann

When Your Business Model Is in Trouble
an interview with Rita Gunther McGrath by Sarah Cliffe

Four Paths to Business Model Innovation
by Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine

The Transformative Business Model
by Stelios Kavadias, Kostas Ladas, and Christoph Loch

Competing Against Free
by David J. Bryce, Jeffrey H. Dyer, and Nile W. Hatch

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything
by Steve Blank

Finding the Platform in Your Pocket
by Andrei Hagiu and Elizabeth J. Altman

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy
by Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary

When One Business Model Isn’t Enough
by Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Jorge Tarsiján

Reaching the Rich World’s Poorest Consumers
by Muhammad Yunus, Frédéric Dalsache, David Menascé, and Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot

Highlights

There is so much information constantly coming our way, and it is impossible for me to keep up with it all. HBR’s 10 Must Reads series provides many benefits to help alleviate this problem. First, they have intelligently narrowed all the publications down to the 10 most relevant about a subject matter.

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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, Texas chapters of the Project Management Institute.

 

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. 

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Project Management Beyond Waterfall and Agile

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management Beyond Waterfall and Agile
Author:  Mounir A. Ajam
Publisher:  CRC Press, Taylor And Francis Group
List Price: $66.36 US
Format:  Hardback, 336 Pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-70563-0
Reviewer: Gina Pickett, PMP     
Review Date: October 2019

 


 

Introduction

Project Management Beyond Waterfall and Agile delivers exactly what the title offers- a comprehensive project management methodology that goes beyond the familiar approaches. The Customizable and Adaptable Methodology for Managing Projects (CAMMP™) offers a solution for the project manager who wants to explore an alternative approach.

The author presents CAMMP™ as a three-dimensional model consisting of Project Life Cycle, Project Management Processes/Groups, and Advanced (project success, competence, sustainability, and best practices). The author is a project management practitioner with many years of experience. The book emphasizes that it was written for practitioners, by a practitioner.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into three sections, with seven appendices. The author describes the “current state” of project management that led to the development of CAMMP™, then progressively takes the reader on a journey through the CAMMP™ dimensions.

Section I:  The Current Reality: The author presents a brief history of the current state of project management, with references to frameworks such as PMI PMBOK®, ISO 21500, and IPMA. The author clearly states that frameworks are the backbones that support a methodology; CAMMP™ being no exception. This overview of the current state of project management is necessary to move the reader forward to Section II.

Section II:  The Offered Solution: The CAMMP™ model is presented along with a very informative graphic diagramming the three phases: Discovery, Development, and Delivery.  The Discovery Phase corresponds to the Pre-project work that occurs in every organization but is often not included in an organization’s project management methodology. The nine stages that are subsets of the phases are:  Concept, Feasibility, Requirements, Strategy, Definition, Implementation, Closing, Operational Readiness, and Initial Operations. Within each stage there are Stage Gates, each with an output which is the stage deliverable.

The author describes several areas of the CAMMP™ methodology that are innovative, most notably the adaptability of the method; “fit for purpose instead of being rigid”, (Page 60).  CAMMP™ espouses the practice of including project closure as part of project delivery. Including operational readiness as part of the project is another concept outside the boundary of some methods. Processes along with their respective process gates are also described in Section II. There are six processes and four process gates. The processes are repeated in each stage.

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About the Reviewer


Gina Pickett

Texas, USA

 

 

Gina Pickett, PMP is an IT professional with more than fifteen years of experience in project management, service delivery, and service desk management. She has worked in the telecommunications, property management, and hospitality industries. Gina obtained a master’s degree in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in adult education/virtual learning. Gina is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, and holds a PMP certification.

Gina can be contacted at  ginagaile1@gmail.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/gina-pickett-pmp/

 

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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Everyday Chaos

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility
Author:  David Weinberger
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $30.00 USD
Format:  Hardback, 256 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 9781633693951
Reviewer: Sheila Renee Jackson, PMP
Review Date: October 2019

 


 

Introduction

This is a philosophical work; a book written by a thinker for thinkers. How are we to navigate an increasingly complex world? How useful are the principles and laws we’ve been told govern our universe? How do we explain events and bring meaning to our lives? Everyday Chaos is the author’s exploration of such questions, observations, possibilities, and potentials. Along the way he displays his impressive academic credentials and cites extensive literary sources. Each chapter is interwoven with historical anecdotes and thematic insights, and concludes with a “coda”, an essay about “how these changes are affecting some of the most basic formations of our understanding.”

How will machine learning, artificial intelligence, and technology alter our understanding of ourselves? In his introduction, Weinberger encourages us to embrace our disillusionment. “We are at the beginning of a great leap forward in our powers of understanding and managing the future: rather than always having to wrestle our world down to a size we can predict, control, and feel comfortable with, we are starting to build strategies that take our world’s complexity into account.”

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of an introduction and seven chapters.

Intro: Everything All at Once

  1. The Evolution of Prediction
  2. Inexplicable Models
  3. Beyond Preparation: Unanticipation
  4. Beyond Causality: Interoperability
  5. Strategy and Possibility
  6. Progress and Creativity
  7. Make. More. Meaning.

Weinberger’s sense of informational and organizational design is evident in the book’s introduction where he explains how the book works, laying out his aim, plan, structure. He also addresses what he calls the book’s “oddness”, as he concludes chapters with brief essays (codas) that he hopes give some indication of the depth and breadth of change.

Each chapter is progressive, building on one another, in refining essential ideas and introducing new variables. He introduces core philosophical schools and concepts, historic taxonomies, and the presumptions upon which our sources of truth operate. Weinberger walks us through a history of how early cultures explained events and predicted future ones. He traverses Homer, Isaac Newton, scientific theory, existentialism, rationality, post-modernism, and the advent of technology and chaos theory. Each chapter advances that thinking forward, so I suggest not skipping; it’s all required reading.

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About the Reviewer


Sheila Jackson, MBA, PMP, PSM

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Sheila Jackson, MBA, PMP, PSM has more than sixteen years of project management experience, in multiple industries and settings. Sheila serves as Senior Program Manager – Lifelong Learning at the national office of the American Heart Association. Sheila has an MBA from the University of North Texas and a BA in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

 

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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Nine Lies About Work

 

Book Review

Book Title: Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
Author:  Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $30.00
Format:  Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication Date:   April 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-630-3
Reviewer: Sharon Harris, PMP
Review Date: November 2019

 


 

Introduction

“A Freethinkers Guide to the Real World: Nine Lies about Work” is a very intriguing read that takes generally accepted practices in the workplace and challenges them with well-stated truths. This is an excellent book for leaders at all levels of experience and is designed to present the lies of current practices, determine how leaders may begin to challenge these lies with truths, and then re-engage those they lead.

The well-researched information is presented in a format that allows the reader to relate to the topic through the use of real world situations and applications. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and challenging my perspective regarding commonly accepted work place “lies”

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is arranged in 9 chapters with each chapter listing one of the associated 9 lies and the corresponding truth. The lies are well known concepts in today’s workplace such as lie #1 – people care which company they work for, lie #5 – people need feedback, or the one I related to most which was lie #8 – work life balance matters most.

Each of these lies on the surface sounds like a well-meaning concept intended to benefit those we lead, but when the authors unpack the lie and provide the associated truth, they clearly dig deeper to what is the true driver behind each of these statements.

The stories used throughout the book engage the reader in a relatable manner and offer meaningful situations which allow the lie and associated truth to be better understood.

The summary list of 9 truths at the back of the book was a great synopsis and helped correlate with the 9 lies presented. I also appreciated the information regarding the engagement studies available in the appendices of the book as this helped clarify how the conclusions were derived and the book developed.

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About the Reviewer


Sharon Harris

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Sharon Harris is currently a project manager with a biomedical company. Prior to taking on the project manager role, she was a laboratory director in a clinical and anatomic pathology lab for over 15 years. Sharon is a certified lean six sigma green belt and PMP. She holds a BS in Medical Technology and an MS in Immunohematology with her Specialty in Blood Banking.

Sharon can be contacted at Sharon.Harris@Grifols.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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HBR Guide to Work-Life Balance

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  HBR Guide to Work-Life Balance
Author:  Harvard Business Review
Publisher:  HBR Publishing Corporation
List Price:   $19.95
Format:  Softcover, 272 pages
Publication Date:   2019    
ISBN: 978-1-63369-712-6
Reviewer: Charlie Green, PMP
Review Date: October 2019

 


 

Introduction

These days we have many demands competing for our time and attention.  Whether it is family, career, education, religion, social, health or other commitments. There are still only 24 hours in a day, and we are constantly trying to squeeze more and more into the available time.  As a result, some commitments get dropped or delivered late or with less quality than desired or expected.

Harvard Business Review has compiled information from multiple contributing authors that are experts in the area of work / life balancing.  These authors discuss tools, techniques and concepts that will help the reader if used to help manage priorities and expectations and establish boundaries and tradeoffs.  They also discuss the importance of taking care of yourself.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into five sections.  Each section contains multiple chapters written by various experts that discuss and provide information and tools to consider when reviewing and addressing work/life balance issues in your life.

  • Section One is “Taking Stock”.  Here the author discusses identifying and assessing what is important to you.
    • Chapter 1 – “Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life”
    • Chapter 2 – “Assessment – Are You Focusing on What’s Important to You?”
  • Section Two is “Make Decisions and Manage Your Time”, discusses assessing   the demands on your time and setting priorities, trade-offs and when to say no.
    • Chapter 3 – “No, You Can’t Have It All”
    • Chapter 4 – “Make Room in Your Life for the Rest of Yourself”
    • Chapter 5 – “Before You Agree to New Work, Ask Three Questions”
    • Chapter 6 – “Stop Work Overloading by Setting These Boundaries”
    • Chapter 7 – “Nine Practices to Help You Say No”
    • Chapter 8 – “Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week”
    • Chapter 9 – “How to Get the Most Out of a Day”

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About the Reviewer


Charlie Green

North Texas, USA

 

 

 

Charlie Green has worked as a project manager since 1985.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Charlie obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2010.  His experience is managing software implementation projects in the Financial Services industry.  He has also managed new product, business process improvement, business intelligence and system development projects in the financial, telecommunications, information technology industries and military.  Charlie is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve following a 26-year Air Force career.  Charlie is a member of the Dallas, Texas PMI Chapter.

Charlie can be contacted at charlie.green01@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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Capturing Upside Risk

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Capturing Upside Risk: Finding and Managing Opportunities in Projects
Author:  Dr David Hillson
Publisher:  CRC Press, Taylor and Francis
List Price:  $49.95
Format:  Hardcover, 270 pages
Publication Date:  June 2019
ISBN: 13: 978-0-8153-8251-5
Reviewer: Edwin S. Burt, PMP
Review Date: November 2019

 


 

Introduction

The idea behind this book is that risk includes both opportunity and threat.  The idea is not new; in fact, global standards have generally accepted this as part of the definition of risk management.  Despite the accepted broader definition, a significant gap between theory and practice remains.  Organizations continue to limit their risk management approach only to threats.  The book spends time on modeling and other technical topics, but it is written in simple English and is a relaxed read.

The book’s focus is the application of the expanded definition of risk management to projects concentrating on where we might find upside risks in projects and how we might go about managing them.  Chapter one states that “Winning the War” is largely complete in the Definitions battle (accepted standards) but the outcome of the war remains to be settled in the field.  Mr. Hillson provides several useful ideas, process modifications and tool suggestions to win the battle of applied practice for ultimate victory.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has three sections: The first section includes three chapters dealing with why opportunities matter, a longer section on the process for managing opportunities in projects, and a final short section on making it work.  The case is made for including opportunity in the definition of risk, alongside threats, and explains how this is relevant to projects.  A structured risk process is presented based on both threats and opportunities in a single integrated approach.

The second section of the book is structured to provide a step-by-step guide to the project risk management process, with a chapter devoted to each step.  An initial discussion of the purpose and principles for each chapter sets out the scope and key points.  The risk process is examined in detail, focusing on finding and managing opportunities adapting threat-focused risk techniques.

The third section of the book is structured to provide Critical Success Factors to succeed at applying the broader inclusive definition of risk.  Process modifications are outlined, and direction provided on how software tools might be enhanced to support the approach.  There is a final emphasis that wider application of this concept requires the delivery of value both tangible and intangible to move organizations to require the management of both upside and downside risks.

Highlights

Chapter one covered the general debate on the nature of opportunity and outlined the reluctance to act as well as remedies…

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About the Reviewer


Edwin S. Burt, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Edwin Burt has a background which includes Program and Project Management in real estate investment and deploying PC hardware, software and network infrastructure with a Fortune 200 IT company.  Led global program deploying PC hardware, software and network infrastructure using virtual teams in multiple global regions.  Strengths include project management, team building, leadership, verbal and written communications, team development and customer relationship management.  Industry Experience:  Real Estate, IoT, Transportation, Financial, Insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, Life, Property and Casualty), Education-Leadership Development, Data Center Operations.

Email address:  Attention:  Edwin S. Burt info@lostandfoundfund.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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Becoming A Manager

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Becoming A Manager: How New Managers Master The Challenges of Leadership, 2nd Ed.
Author:  Linda A. Hill
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $32.00
Format:  Hardcover, 420 pages
Publication Date:  March 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-696-9
Reviewer:  Peter M. Walker, BFA, PMP
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

Becoming A Manager: How New Managers Master The Challenges of Leadership, Second Edition, came out on March 19, 2019. The book is a wonderful update to the first edition published in 2003. The author, Linda A. Hill, is a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her methodology in the Appendix was easy to read and digest.

The book’s structure is divided into 5 main sections, mainly based around the facts and myths of transforming from an individual producer to becoming a manager and team leader. The narrative structure is written as a journey with an experienceable perspective from the author and the nineteen first year managers. The Epilogue is geared towards creating a culture of leadership and learning, aimed at senior management.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Becoming A Manager: How New Managers Master The Challenges of Leadership, Second Edition is arranged in five broad sections: Learning What It Means to Be a Manager, Developing Interpersonal Judgement, Confronting the Personal Side of Management, Managing the Transformation, Dispelling the Myths of Management with Epilogue. The main section introductions are Preface to the Second Edition, Preface and Introduction. The main sections are followed by an Appendix, Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index and About the Author.

The material is arranged as follows:

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface

Introduction

  1. Learning What It Means to Be a Manager; 1. Setting the Stage; 2. Reconciling Expectations; 3. Moving Toward a Managerial Identity
  2. Developing Interpersonal Judgement; 4. Exercising Authority; 5. Managing Subordinates’ Performance
  3. Confronting the Personal Side of Management; 6. Gaining Self-Knowledge; 7. Coping with the Stresses and Emotions
  4. Managing the Transformation; 8. Critical Resources for the First Year; 9. Easing the Transformation
  5. Dispelling the Myths of Management with Epilogue; 10. Exercising Influence Without Formal Authority; 11. Building an Effective Team; 12. Learning for a Lifetime

Epilogue: Creating a Culture of Leadership and Learning

Highlights

The book starts in a very strong way with the expectations and agenda of the managerial role from the perspective of the new manager, superiors and personal subordinates. The standards for the starting point of the new manager are stated.

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About the Reviewer


Peter M. Walker

Canada & United States

 

 

 

Peter M. Walker, B.F.A., P.M.P. has been an entrepreneur, business owner and manager working at the intersection of healthcare and IT for almost 20 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He is in a career transition, obtaining a CAPM certification in February 2019 and a PMP certification in May 2019. He is in progress of obtaining Salesforce certifications.

Looking for an intrapreneurial role with a large organization in healthcare and life sciences, Peter has the experience and enthusiasm to fulfill the role of Project Manager with a servant leadership perspective. Peter can be contacted at pmac1230@gmail.com or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/peterwalkertexas/

 

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.

 

 

Build an A-Team

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve
Author:  Whitney Johnson
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:   $28.00
Format:  Hard cover, 208 pages
Publication Date:   2018
ISBN: 13: 978-1-63369-364-7
Reviewer: Shauna Skolnick
Review Date:  September 2019

 


 

Introduction

“Build an A-Team” is an easy read with a logical step-by-step process to developing high performing, engaged and productive teams.

Embracing personal disruption and employee disruption is a simple strategy anyone can ace focused around learning, an innate desire for which we are all wired.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is presented in a user-friendly manner, taking a tough and often intangible subject like employee engagement and productivity and presenting an easy solution not often considered by management.

Real world company examples of culture, development and hyper-growth make the concepts more tangible to grasp and tips on how to implement this process and adhere to designing jobs around people’s skills, abilities and propensity to master new roles.

Highlights

In an ever-growing gig economy where tenure, loyalty and company culture continue to erode, managers need to get more creative on how best to maintain positive work environments and group dynamics that limit unwanted attrition one of the biggest attributing factors preventing hyper growth.

Hiring on the S Curve is a breakthrough concept and if balanced correctly can lead to high performance teams fully engaged in daily responsibilities and committed to a common goal. It is genius in its simplicity!

Learning prevents stagnation; applying this easy step-by-step process will help maximize employee engagement and contribution, no matter the role or level of expertise. Great bosses develop great teams, and this is a “must know” for those committed to excellence!

Highlights: What I liked!

I realized for the first time with clarity the role management has played in watching so many top producers turn over due to “burnout.”  We have placed the blame on the employee, attributing loses to diminished drive or lack of will to continue the daily grind.  It is clear now that they these top producers are masters, and even masters get bored of constant achievement if they are not stimulated or motivated by learning something new.

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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 is focused on National Accounts Resource Planning & Delivery, Customer Relationship & Account Management, Talent Acquisition / Team Training, Performance Management & Metrics.

Her employer, GDH has been awarded the Best of Staffing award by Technical Talent and Clients once again, making both lists for 5 consecutive years and therefore earning us the coveted “Diamond” status! The Strategic Delivery team excels in providing technical resources necessary to support Fortune 100 clients and Federal Government Secret/Top Secret Cleared engagements.  Her success is attributed to delivering top talent via contract staff augmentation, SOW project resource delivery, RPO engagements, and direct hire.

Shauna can be contacted at sskolnick@gdhinc.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 Persuasive Project Manager

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:    The Persuasive Project Manager: Communicating for Understanding
Author:  Dr. Bill Brantley, PMP, PMI-ACP
Publisher:  Self-published
List Price:   US$14.99 (Amazon)
Format:  Paperback, 87 pages
Publication Date:   2019
ISBN: 13: 9781795728492
Reviewer:  Mary Jane Quandt
Review Date: September 2019

 


 

Introduction

Dr. Brantley describes why he wrote this book: “In my study of what makes good project management communication, I discovered something important early on. Even though it is widely recognized how important communication is in project management, project management practitioners are not taking advantage of the latest findings in communication research.” (p3)

He refers to his “lifelong quest to understand communication.” This quest is evident from the in-depth research he presents. Dr. Brantley has an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and Paralegal Science, earned an MBA in Project Management in the 1990s, was certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2003, and has been a project management practitioner and scholar for twenty years.

Overview of Book’s Structure

In Chapter One the author establishes that the purpose of communication is to understand and how understanding in communication contributes to the success of projects. “When things [click] together on a successful project, communication flows effortlessly, and no misunderstandings.” (p2) In Chapter Two he summarizes two long-standing models of communication that apply to project management and in Chapter Three parallels those models to Aristotle’s classic three elements of persuasion (ethos, pathos, logos).

Dr. Brantley refers to Chapter Four as the “core of the book.” He introduces Dr. W. Barnett Pearce’s coordinated management of meaning (CMM) theory (1970s). This practical application of the emergent communication model aids in better understanding communications between project team members and stakeholders. In Chapter Five the author explores the vital role of a project manager as the hub in project information flow. He revisits the importance of basic information transfer in managing the complexity of a project’s multiple communication channels, the volume of information being exchanged (and how to tell the story around it), and the risk of missing vital information in time.

In Chapters Six and Seven Dr. Brantley reminds the reader of the importance of cultural and emotional intelligence in project management and the importance of recognizing and considering cognitive biases when communicating project information.

Chapter Eight offers leadership models and tools to aid in addressing the added challenge as project work becomes more virtual and more leaders, team members, and/or stakeholders work remotely. In Chapter Nine, as Dr. Brantley highlights this increased understanding of project management communication, he suggests “The project manager is more than just a traditional manager; the project manager must become a leader.” (p69). Chapter Ten is a summary of practical steps to being a persuasive project manager.

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About the Reviewer


Mary Jane Quandt

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Mary Jane Quandt, PMP has extensive contract and consulting experience as a Senior Project Management, specializing in IT application upgrade, IT Service Management (including ITIL), business process improvement, and IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) across multiple industries including banking, government, airline, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, electrical engineering, and direct sales.

Email: www.linkedin.com/in/maryjanequandt/ or mjquandt@att.net

 

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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