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BOOK REVIEW

 

Book Title:  Lead Successful Projects
Author:  Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
Publisher:  Penguin Random House UK
List Price:  $19.99
Format: Soft cover, 176 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-0-241-39547-9
Reviewer: Masood Said PMP
Review Date: January 2020

 


 

Introduction

This book is about how to manage projects for success. The book discusses how to establish goals and develop a realistic plan for the execution of projects, how to monitor the project work along the way to stay within the project schedule and the project budget. The book also explains how to define the purpose of the project, how to define its goals, how to develop a realistic plan, monitor and control the work, report the progress, control the budget, identify and manage risks throughout the life of the project.

The book is filled with many examples based on the author’s experience in handling Industrial projects. It is practical guide that will help the readers in leading projects to a successful conclusion.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of 15 chapters which are spread over 149 pages. Conclusion, End notes, Abbreviations and Index are at the end of the book on pages 150 to 164.

Chapter by Chapter review

Chapter 1 – The emergence of projects – In this chapter the author sets the tone of project management and discusses the general reasons why projects are undertaken and the role of stakeholders and sponsors in initiating projects.  The author also lists the ‘10 principles of project success’ which are discussed in details in chapters 4 to chapter 13.

Chapter 2 – What are projects? – In this chapter the author discusses how to define project and the difference between projects and operation. The author also outline ‘things to be considered before taking up a project’ and the cost related to ‘Project Management’.

Chapter 3 – Reinventing project management – In this chapter the author describes lessons learnt from 7 projects that were considered as failures due to various reasons. The author also outlines reasons for project failures with some remedial actions. This is a very informative chapter as the project described are real and from different diversified areas.

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About the Reviewer

 


Masood Said, PMP

Lahore, Pakistan

 

 

 Engr. Masood Said, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, BS.C (Mech. Engr.; MS-IT; EMBA-HR Mngt.) is a Mechanical Engineer with over 35 years of Project Management Experience. He has worked in Pakistan and the Middle East on various Oil and Gas projects. He has been a member of PMI since 2002.  Presently he is a trainer for PMP®; PMI-RMP®; PMI-ACP® certification courses. He also advises companies on optimization and improvement in processes.  Based in Lahore, Pakistan, he also travels to Dallas, TX frequently and is a member of PMI Dallas Chapter.

Email address: MasoodSaid@hotmail.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 Leadership Roadmap

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

Book Title:  The Leadership Roadmap: People, Lean and Innovation (2nd Ed.)
Author:  Dwane Baumgardner, Russell Scaffede
Publisher:  Routledge
List Price:   $34.95
Format:  Hard cover, 190 pages
Publication Date:  July 2019
ISBN: 978-1-138-31504-4
Reviewer: Amey Kulkarni
Review Date: December 2019

 


 

Introduction

The Leadership Roadmap: People, Lean and Innovation is a practical source for being an excellent leader. It combines philosophies of employee engagement and Lean into one system. Leaders would be able to make organization even more successful and elevate employee satisfaction. This book provides framework for success and more importantly a step-by-step guide and shows the ropes for overall success.

This book has two authors – Dwane and Russ. Both of them are renowned leaders in the industry with rich experience in leading organizations. Dwane Baumgardner has been with Donnelly Corporation for 44 yrs including 24 yrs as chairman/CEO and 7 yrs as president/CEO. Russell ‘Russ’ Scaffede is one of the America’s most knowledgeable and successful leaders in manufacturing industry. He has been former Toyota executuive, chief operating architect for Donnelly Corporation and Tiara Yachts, former chairman of the Shingo Prize board of directors. With their experience and insights combined; this book has been a truly valuable resource for anyone who is willing to step up their game to fill in the void and initiate a positive change.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is primarily divided in 3 chapters and appendices with various tools. The book takes readers from one step to the next as the thoughts flow from concept to implementation steps.

Chapter 1 talks about authors philosophy and sets stage for framework of The Leadership Roadmap. You will see overview of People, Lean Enterprise and Innovation in this chapter.

Chapter 2 drills down into nuts and bolts of all 6 immutable realities that constitute the framework. You will see the framework details and discussions around its components.

Chapter 3 sheds light on how to use this framework and make it work for you. This chapter provides step by step navigation through the processes.

Appendix section is quite rich in information and provides various tools and examples that are useful in real life scenarios.

Highlights

Chapter 1

Authors go over the central criteria for organizational success and provide their insights for each of those based off of their experience. You will get to see high level view of how best value can be derived in business world. Authors have used simple equation forms to explain the concepts in a very lucid way. People, being source of all social and intellectual capital, are primary drivers of lean and innovation. Authors explain the importance of developing people participation system. You will also read about how lean approach would help reduce the waste and how innovation would enhance the product offering, hence increase company bottom-line.

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About the Reviewer

 


Amey Kulkarni, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

Amey Kulkarni, PMP is a professional with over eight years of experience in CRM consulting and technical project management. He has enabled customers to leverage CRM capabilities and provided IT-business alignment. Amey has led enterprise level projects in fortune 8 company in the United States (2019) and implemented CRM solutions considering scalability and long-term vision.

Amey holds masters in IT Management from University of Texas at Dallas – School of Management. He is active in the PMI-Dallas Chapter and Salesforce Trailblazer Community Dallas Group.

Améy can be contacted at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameykulk or amey.kulkarni1189@gmail.com.

Official twitter handle – @a_kulk

 

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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Master Your Next Move

 

BOOK REVIEW

 

Book Title:  Master Your Next Move
Author:  Michael D. Watkins
Publisher:  HBR Press
List Price:  $30.00 US
Format:  Hard cover, 224 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-760-7
Reviewer: S.C. Karmanoff
Review Date: December 2019

 

 


 

Introduction

“Master Your Next Move” addresses the 8 most common and most difficult types of transitions encountered in careers. It provides principles and insights on how to successfully accelerate through these transitions and get up to speed in new roles. It also provides insights, from a corporate perspective on how to put processes in place to ensure an individual is successful in their transition.

This is a companion book to Michael Watkins’ “The First 90 Days”.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is arranged as a workbook. The Introduction provides an overview of the 8 types of transitions, which are expounded upon in subsequent, individual chapters. Each chapter provides insights into the challenges each transition present, followed by advice and processes to address/avoid the challenges, both from the perspective of the individual going through the transition and from the corporate perspective, on how to support a successful transition.

There is a very useful index in the back of the book, guiding the reader to specific areas of interest.

Highlights

By structuring the challenges of a transition, this book helps identify areas for improvement, opportunities for success, and potential pitfalls to avoid. It’s well organized, easy to use, and very relevant for mid-level managers and executives who want to achieve success at the next level.

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About the Reviewer

 


Sylvia Karmanoff

Texas, USA

 

 

Sylvia Karmanoff is the Automotive Industry Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for DXC Technologies. She is responsible for developing and driving innovation and digital transformation strategy for automotive industry clients in the Americas.

Throughout Sylvia’s career, she has applied emerging technologies to create innovative solutions that incorporate artificial intelligence, big data analytics, Internet of Things, and remote monitoring and control to improve vehicle design, accelerate productivity, and enhance product capabilities within medical device, logistics, oil & gas, and automotive industries. Sylvia is a trusted advisor to government and industry organizations, helping to define visions for autonomous vehicles and associated infrastructure.

In addition to holding executive positions at Intel, General Motors, and other firms, Sylvia founded and ran a consulting practice, leveraging and applying technologies, such as analytics, IoT, VR, AI, miniaturization, and wearables to help clients expand into new markets.  Sylvia was instrumental in developing successful monetization strategies for vehicle telematics, connected vehicles, and connected medical devices. After developing the strategy, Sylvia and her firm led the product and program device (cardiac assist and TAH), Internet of Things, and transportation industries.

Sylvia is a patent holder and invited speaker at conferences and industry events on innovation, intelligent transportation systems, and the Internet of Things. Her higher education degrees include an MS in Computer Science and an MBA. She also serves on several professional and not-for-profit boards, and volunteers as a tutor and mentor for underprivileged children.

Sylvia is based in North Texas, USA.

 

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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Why Should Anyone be Led by You?

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Why Should Anyone be Led by You? What it Takes to be an Authentic Leader
Author:  Bob Goffee & Garett Jones
Publisher:  Harvard Business Review Press
List Price:  $18.00
Format: Soft cover, 244 pages
Publication Date:  2019                  
ISBN: 978-1-63369-768-3
Reviewer: Charlie Green, PMP
Review Date: December 2019

 


 

Introduction

In the book “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You” the authors asked this question of many corporate and institutional managers and leaders.  Their goal was to determine what it takes to inspire others to want to follow them. Along with what traits and characteristics are needed to be a leader and not just a boss.  In their research, they arrived at and share a number of characteristics that can be developed and applied by anyone.

One of the things that came out of the research was these characteristics are not just useful for inspiring subordinates, but also inspiring peers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of nine chapters with each discussing one of the competencies that the authors found in their research.  When these competencies are incorporated, they will help bring about creating an authentic leader as the book’s subtitle points out.

  • Be Yourself-More-With Skill
  • Know and Show Yourself-Enough
  • Take Personal Risks
  • Read – and Rewrite – the Context
  • Remain Authentic – but Conform Enough
  • Manage Social Distance
  • Communicate – with Care
  • Authentic Followership
  • The Price and Prize of Leadership

Then at the back of the book the authors also provide a couple questions to help the reader evaluate their own leadership potential and then consider where they are now and where they would like to go.

Highlights

The question asked in the title of the book “Why Should Anyone be Led by You” is a question that needs to be asked by everyone that is in a position of leadership or aspiring to be a leader.  Over several years the authors have interviewed many leaders in all sorts of industries and organizations to determine what it takes to be an authentic leader that people would want to follow.  Through their research they have found some common characteristics and traits.

The authors provide many examples as well as thought provoking questions explaining the characteristic the chapter is discussing.  They also provide some tools to assist the reader in evaluating their own leadership style.

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About the Reviewer

 


Charlie Green, PMP

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.  He holds a Project Management Professional certification.  He has managed software implementation projects in the Financial Services industry, as well as 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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PMI-PBA Exam

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: PMI-PBA Exam Practice Test and Study Guide
Author: Brian Williamson
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: $72.95
Format:  Hard Cover, 402 pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-1-138-05447-9
Reviewer: Richard Gower
Review Date: December/2019

 

 


 

Introduction

The PMI Professional Business Analyst certification is earned through meeting the experience and education requirements and passing a 200-question, multiple-choice test, the PMI-PBA exam. This book helps candidates prepare for the exam by:

This is a large, hard cover book with over 400 pages. It is sturdy and well bound.

The author, Brian Williamson, has considerable experience at the PMI exams, having achieved certification in PMP, RMP, SP, ACP, PBA, PgMP, PfMP as well as Six Sigma, ITIL and CFE. He is an Executive Director of PMO, serves on the Post University graduate business school project management degree program advisory board, is a PMI subcommittee member for the Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects, and is the lead trainer for PMO Advisory. Obviously, he is no stranger to preparing and taking the PMI exams

Overview of Book’s Structure

One of the introductory sections discusses the layout of the book and provides a comprehensive approach to preparing for the exam:

  1. Read other material (PMI-PBA Handbook and other documents)
  2. Read one of the domain chapters in this book and reread the supporting material
  3. Practice the exercises and do the 20-question domain quiz
  4. Repeat for each domain
  5. Take the final practice exam and review and understand the answers
  6. Take the provided online 4-hour sample test and review the answers

The first chapter introduces business analysis and requirements management and discusses the roles the project manager and business analyst play in a project and dives into the business analyst’s tasks.

The following five chapters cover the five domains in which the exam questions are allocated:

  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Planning
  3. Analysis
  4. Traceability and Monitoring
  5. Evaluation

Each chapter provides study hints, a list of the tools and techniques and output broken down by  major topic covered by the domain, exercises and games to help memorize key features, 20 practice multiple choice questions, a blank answer sheet for filling out, and the answers describing both the correct answer and why, a reason why the other answers are incorrect and a reference to the topic allowing further reading.

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About the Reviewer

 


Richard Gower

San Antonio, TX, USA

 

 

Richard Gower has worked in the software industry for over 30 years, specializing in software development, business intelligence and data analytics. His experience includes software development, business analysis, project management, and product development. He is a Project Management Professional and has a M.S in Data Analytics from UTSA. He is currently the VP of Information for E.J. Ward.

Richard can be reached at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rchrdgwr/

 

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Alamo Chapter. Authors and publishers offer the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Alamo 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 Alamo Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. 

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 Client Role in Successful Construction Projects

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Client Role in Successful Construction Projects           
Authors:  Jason Challender and Russell Whitaker
Publisher:  Routledge
List Price: $39.95
Format: soft cover, 294 pages
Publication Date: 2019       
ISBN: 9781138058200
Reviewer: Martina De Los Santos
Review Date: December 2019

 

 


 

Introduction

The Client Role in Successful Construction Projects” is an exceptional tool in the hands of the project steakholders. It can benefit not only clients, but any project stakeholder and owner representatives, as well as young professionals and students seeking to learn and master the skills needed to successfully initiate, procure and manage construction projects from conception to occupancy and beyond.

This book provides the UK’s perspective on clients’ role, which in today’s global common understanding of construction project management, is a comprehensive hands-on guide for any stakeholder’s engagement and understanding of his/her key role and leadership in the project performance, driving the change in the global construction world.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured in two parts, consisting of 17 chapters.

Part 1 provides valuable introduction to the construction industry from client’s perspective. It provides lessons learned, identifies deficiencies and common due diligence framework for overcoming them and improving project success.  Every chapter here addresses various perspectives on client’s roles, knowledge, interface and team integration: developing requirements, involvement in design procurement and performance control, leadership, governance, finance, contractor’s identification and selection, skill set, professional ethics, team motivation. Further Part 1 includes a practical toolkit to help in the management of all stages of the projects.

Part 2 is a practical handbook and a guide for project risk management and discusses the importance of client leadership, feedback and overall contribution to project success. It focuses on the quality, capabilities, skills and development of the stakeholders toward minimizing project risk.

The chapters in Part 2 discuss client contribution to every phase of the project. It discusses the importance of client’s project controls of scope, time, cost and quality.  The topics provide practical guidelines and examples for quality, risk, cost and time management.

Highlights

The Client Role in Successful Construction Projects” is a compact and well-organized efficient guide for both novice and experienced construction clients. It helps them to understand better the importance of their role in the construction process. In addition to identifying the needs, formulating the requirements, securing funding the client must use efficiently the communication channels and articulate them clearly with the project team.

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About the Reviewer

 


Martina De Los Santos

North Texas, USA

 

 

Martina De Los Santos is a certified project manager, with education, background and career in design and construction. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, major “Economics and Management of the Investment Process”. She has 15+ years’ experience in the corporate management of design and construction companies and the project management of design and construction projects.  Combined with her 7+ years in aviation, currently she is a consultant to the Project Controls Group at Design, Code and Construction at DFW International Airport. Martina is an active member of PMI Dallas and PMI Bulgaria Chapters.

Martina can be contacted at mdelossantos@smartpm.us.

 

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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Project: Execution

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project: Execution
Author:  Helgi Thor Ingason and Haukur Ingi Jonasson
Publisher:  Routledge
List Price:  $60.00
Format:  Hardcover, 254 pages
Publication Date: July 2019
ISBN: 978-1-138-33867-8
Reviewer: Diego Alvarado, PMP
Review Date: November/December 2019

 


 

Introduction

This book is part of a series of four that are written for anyone who needs to be able to lead and participate in different types of projects.

The series is tailored to help you strengthen four key proficiencies in very creative way: strategy, leadership, implementation and communication.

The book is aligned to the most recent version of IPMA Competence Baseline ICB4.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has 9 chapters. Each chapter contains examples of different project, programs and portfolios. The book structure is based on the concepts described in IPMA.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction – Professional associations and certification, Bodies of knowledge, Structure of the book and bibliography.
  • Chapter 2: Projects, Programmes, and Portfolios (PPP): concepts, history and context
  • Chapter 3: Planning: definition and the environment
  • Chapter 4: Planning: objectives, time and the critical path
  • Chapter 5: Planning: resources, management structure, and role/task division
  • Chapter 6: Project start-up, co-operation, and information
  • Chapter 7: Uncertainty and risk management-related
  • Chapter 8: The project manager and the project team
  • Chapter 9: Project Close-out

Highlights

The book is academical structured, focusing on the concepts and finishing each section with “Reflection Points” where it has questions related to the topics covered.

The book is written in a way that the reader can not only focus on the technical concepts but it also gives examples in each concept which are relevant in today market.

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About the Reviewer

 


Diego Alvarado

Argentina & Texas

 

Diego Alvarado, PMP has worked as a project manager since 2016, but engaged in project management activities since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the University Blas Pascal at Cordoba, Argentina. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2017. His experience is managing software developments, integration and deployment in the Telecommunication industry working across telecom companies in various countries. He has lived in Argentina, UK and USA. His current job is at Nokia as a Program Business Manager where he has been for more than 13 years.

He is passionate in mentoring startups on operations and technology. Diego is a member of the Dallas, Texas PMI Chapter. He can be contacted at diegoealvarado@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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The Persuasive Project Manager

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: The Persuasive Project Manager: Communicating for Understanding      
Author:  Dr. Bill Brantley, PMP, PMI-ACP
Publisher:  Bill Brantley
List Price:   $5.99
Format:  Soft cover, 87 pages
Publication Date:   2019
ISBN: 978-1-79572-849-2
Reviewer: Edward Raibick, PMP
Review Date: December 2019

 


 

Introduction

This book was one of the most interesting and informative books on project communication that I have read. It’s a short book and easy to read, but full of useful information.

Overview of Book’s Structure

  • Chapter 1 – Provides an introduction to the reader of the author’s research in Project Management Communication, and an overview of what the reader will learn in the remaining chapters of the book. The author touches on the importance of establishing clear communication channels between team members and stakeholders, to ensure that information flows effortlessly with no misunderstandings.
  • Chapter 2 – Discusses the Shannon-Weaver (Information Transfer) and Luhmann (Emergence) models of communication. It dives into the topic of Understanding and its sub-components (know-what, know-how and know-why). The Emergence Communication Model with the Understanding Triangle is introduced to the reader. The chapter discusses the need to assess and adjust the communications to suit the information needs of the receiver / stakeholder.
  • Chapter 3 – Aristotle’s persuasion triangle. Ethos (credibility), Pathos (emotions) and Logos (Logic) are introduced and explained as the foundation of persuasion. The eight pillars of trust are also introduced allowing the reader to reflect on how communication plays a role in each pillar. An insightful discussion on the function of the various parts of the brain is presented with the ties to these insightful observations.
  • Chapter 4 – Dives into the “dance” between two or more individuals in sending and receiving information and comprehending the meaning of the message. The chapter discusses how messages are communicated and received based on the perspectives of the sender and receiver. The use of Storyboarding, enriching, analyzing, visioning and acting intentionally techniques are also discussed as effective communication tools for persuading stakeholders

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About the Reviewer

 


Edward Raibick, PMP

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Edward Raibick, PMP is a 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 currently is engaged in the RISC PMO organization of a major New York city based banking and financial IT services firm.

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.

Ed can be contacted at raibick@sbcglobal.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.

 

 

Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Project Management of Large Software-Intensive Systems
Author:  Marvin Gechman
Publisher:  CRC Press Taylor and Francis Group
List Price: $79.95
Format: Large, soft cover, 366 pages
Publication Date: April 2019
ISBN: 978-0-367-13671-0
Reviewer: Bill Sundermann
Review Date: November 2019

 


 

Introduction

The author, Marvin Gechman, is a long-time, seasoned manager of engineering and government contracts and it shows. A very detailed, organized book is arranged to provide the reader with every possible topic of software project management for large systems.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has five sections focused on software project fundamentals, followed by domains of software management and quality, software resources, systems software engineering, and finally critical software elements.

The fundamentals introduce how to use the book, terms and definitions, and team structure. Project management activities are laid out to cover objectives, control areas, and process improvement. Software life cycles and development methodologies are described in detail with adequate coverage of agile and scrum.

Each domain section starts out with an explanation of what is covered with references to the numbered sections of the chapter.

Highlights

The first section of software project management fundamentals lays the foundation by stressing the importance of having a solid software development plan (SDP) and the key success factors specific to a software-intensive system implementation.

Explanations of the role of software work products in developing documentation are a key to developing a sustainable product.

As a PM working within in a large software services company, there are usually management directives on the standards and methodologies expected by the PMO. The chapter on Software Development Methodologies makes it clear that the framework used can be a hybrid of process models such as agile, incremental, iterative and others – whatever best fits the project.

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About the Reviewer

 


Bill Sundermann

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Bill Sundermann, PMP, is a senior project manager with FIS, a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Our 55,000 people are dedicated to advancing the way the world pays, banks and invests by applying our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights. We help our clients use technology in innovative ways to solve business-critical challenges and deliver superior experiences for their customers.

Bill Sundermann holds a degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from SMU in Dallas. A 36-year veteran of the banking and financial services industry, he is a credentialed Project Management Professional and a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute.

Bill can be contacted at Bill.sundermann@fisglobal.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 Real Business of Block Chain

 

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  The Real Business of Block Chain: How Leaders can Create Value in a New Digital Age
Author:  David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau
Publisher:  HBR Press
List Price: US $32.00
Format:  Hardcover, 253 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-1-63369-804-8
Reviewer: Nancy Little, PMP
Review Date: November 2019

 


 

Introduction

Is Blockchain really real? Can solutions be trusted to work between trading partners? What about data security and privacy? What is the business value and what are the risks?  I had heard the buzzwords in product marketing materials and knew it may be a technology that would help financial transactions, track supply chain items or bitcoin solutions but didn’t really know anything more than the headlines and I wanted to know more.

This book definitely delivers a wealth of information.  Get ready for a challenging read and excellent overview of what early adopters have accomplished, key industries and use cases that are suited for blockchain. Plus, recommendations and actions that executives and business/technology leaders should be taking now to prepare for the decisions and changes needed to innovate with blockchain solutions in the future.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is outlined in three major areas with subchapters aligned to phases of the Gartner Blockchain spectrum, a framework outlining today’s Blockchain solutions and Gartner’s vision of blockchain evolution through 2030.

Preface

  1.  The Real Business of Blockchain

Part One – BLOCKCHAIN-INSPIRED SOLUTIONS

  1. Seeking Value
  2. Consorting with the Enemy

Part Two – BLOCKCHAIN-COMPLETE SOLUTIONS

  1. Game on for Tokenization
  2. Embracing Consensus through Decentralization
  3. Market Access and Participation

Part Three – ENHANCED BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS

  1. Unleashing the Power of Smart Things
  2. The Blockchain Organization
  3. The Blockchain Society

Conclusion:  Pursuing Your Blockchain

Each section includes diagrams of the framework components and outlines definitions for each of the terms to help the reader visualize the components. At the end of each section is also a Summary “Your Real Business Lens” to reinforce the key messages for each section by asking the following questions:

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About the Reviewer

 


Nancy Little

Texas, USA

 

 

 

Nancy Little, PMP has been managing technical projects and programs with large systems integrators for over 25 years, helping clients with business transformations in Healthcare, Transportation, Insurance and High Tech.  Most recently, she has been focused on delivering industry-leading portfolio services and products to improve the end user experience using cloud, wireless, IoT, SDN and emerging 5G technologies.   She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas and is active in the PMI Dallas chapter.

Contact: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancy-little-pmp or nklittles@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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