Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle: How to Manage the People Side of Projects

Russell PMP, Doug

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Synopsis: It's a jungle out there and project managers are fighting to survive....With countless man-hours clocked and billions of dollars spent every year on project tools, the success rate for projects remains astonishingly low. So what's the solution?

Introducing TACTILE Management(TM), a people-centric system that works in conjunction with an organization's existing processes. Based on the seven characteristics of high-performance project teams--transparency, accountability, communication, trust, integrity, leadership, and execution--the book shows project managers how to:

- Take project teams out of their functional silos and transform them into a powerful, integrated force

- Balance the expectations of customers, management, and project teams with the technical requirements of cost, schedule, and performance

- Apply practical phase-by-phase project guidance to real-life situations

- Avoid or minimize possible pitfalls

- And more

Every successful project involves someone in the trenches who has the people skills to match process with the capability of his team and organization. This innovative book shows readers how to make the most of their people...and ensure project success.

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Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle addresses a subject that doesn’t get enough coverage in management books. It’s a practical and definitive work that will enable you to get results from your people no matter how many solid or dotted lines fill up your organization chart.” — John Berra, Senior Advisor and past Chairman, Emerson Process Management

It’s a jungle out there for project managers, and no amount of Lean, Agile, or Six Sigma finessing is going to tame a massive project that’s threatening to unravel. No matter what process you’ve got in place, there’s one key ingredient that can make or break your success: managing the people.

Introducing TACTILE Management™, a people-based project management system that works in conjunction with your organization’s existing processes. Based on the seven char­acteristics of successful projects—transparency, accountability, communication, trust, integrity, leadership, and execution—Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle’s system shows you how to:

· Take a project team out of its functional silos and transform it into a powerful, integrated force.

· Balance the expectations of customers, management, and project teams with the traditional technical requirements of schedule, cost, and scope.

· Use people management skills to successfully navigate each process group, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

· Troubleshoot the pitfalls that frequently jeopardize knowledge-worker projects, and eliminate or minimize their impact.

Complete with practical, real-world advice from practitioners in the field and a run­ning case study that astutely contrasts a standard project with a TACTILE-managed one, Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle is immensely practical, remarkably easy to master, and packed with invaluable insights for overworked, overstressed project leaders everywhere.

Doug Russell, PMP, is currently director of engineering at a Fortune 200 company. He has more than 25 years of experience in high-technology project management for commercial and government organizations, including Motorola, Intel, Textron Inc., and others.

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