Get the straight scoop on project management, and ingenious strategies that work! Have you studied the traditional processes of project management, only to discover that in reality they fall short? Are you done with the idealistic theories of how things should function and eager to apply some street-smart tactics that tackle the real problems like egos, cliques, and squabbles? Welcome to the fine art of "Herding Chickens" - unconventional, innovative techniques for successful project management. Inside, the authors divulge expert approaches to getting a disparate project team moving in one direction. In their engaging style, they'll show you novel ways to boost efficiency, eliminate chaos, and ultimately complete your project on time, within budget. A fun and irreverent collection of the most useful tips, tricks, and concrete solutions, "Herding Chickens" describes how to: inspire, motivate, and herd your project team - no matter how dysfunctional it is; look ahead to keep from falling behind; read, deal with, and charm all types of people; navigate the corporate jungle with finesse; control all aspects of a meeting, from the time waster to the loudmouth; and, use technology to enhance organization and communication.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments. Introduction: Squawk. Chapter 1: Building the Killer Project Team. Chapter 2: Perfect Planning Makes Perfect. Chapter 3: Tips Not Typically Taught. Chapter 4: Surviving the Corporate Jungle. Chapter 5: The Perfect Meeting. Chapter 6: Awesome Technology. Appendix: The Chicken Herder?s Toolkit. Glossary. Index.
About the Author
David Garrett is a freelance writer for dozens of magazines, including Certification Magazine. David focuses much of his writing on project management. Dan Bradbary, PMP, is a project management guru with over 30 years of PM experience. Dan is the founder of Project Management Services, Inc., a PM firm serving the needs of Fortune 100 companies.
"useful...this book is worth reading..." ("The British Journal of Healthcare Computing & Information Management", Vol 22 (10), December 2005)
Easy to read. To the point. Very practical. Full of great ideas that I started applying immediately after I read them -- before I even finished the book. Many of their ideas are useful well beyond project management. Bradbary and Garrett describe this book as "a fun, funny, often irreverent look at some of the least-used (but most useful) notions in running projects. It's an oddball collection of tips and tricks for PMs, managers and plain old workers who are willing to bend the rules to get things done. And we think it's highly effective". Well, I think so too. Most of their tips take no more than 1-2 pages to outline so the book can be read in bite-sized pieces. The book includes excellent tips and tools for managing people, teams, customers, bosses, stakeholders meetings and your own sanity.
I haven't found any bad points about the book, but I should note some minor cautions:
- most of the examples are from IT because that is where most of the authors' experience lies. I found the ideas translated easily into R&D project management, however (which is mostly what I do).
- this is not the book to learn about Gantt charts, critical paths, work breakdown structures or the other "hard" tools of project management. Though the authors mention them all and seem to use those tools enthusiastically, they do not go into detail on them in this book. For that material, I recommend a traditional project management text such as Lester, A. (2000) Project Planning and Control, 3rd Edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK.
- I found some of the "fun" in the book to be a bit much.
These cautions are minor, however. I think this book is excellent and I'm recommending it to a number of colleagues -- both those with considerable experience in project management already and those who are just learning the role.
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