Kick Ass Project Manager – A Book Review

Kick Ass Project Manager: The Handbook for Project Management Success is a product of the author’s extensive project management experience and lessons learned. It is a compilation also of experiences from hundreds of PM professionals, peers, and students known by the author. From all these, the book presents several topics that will enable the reader to have a better understanding of project management and the role of the project manager to reach the next level. The book also presents the author’s own model for achieving PM excellence.

Book Details

The book measures 6 in. wide, 0.3 in. thick, and 9 in. long, with shipping weight about 9.3 ounces. It has 136 pages divided into an introduction, 9 chapters, and an afterword. It is only available in paperback. This first edition was published by Goodrich Fremaux Publishing on April 11, 2018, in the English language. ISBN-10: 0997598395; ISBN-13: 978-0997598391

Price

$17.71 for the paperback version

Target Audience

Kick Ass Project Manager is for all types of project managers. Both trained and new project professionals will benefit from lessons and discussions in the book. Technical experts and other accidental project managers who are put in the project management role will also benefit, although the book does not discuss traditional and fundamental aspects of project management.

What Customers Say

Lisa O. (Amazon) recommends Kick Ass Project Manager as a must-read for everyone who manages people. As a GM of a Pilates studio, she stated that the information in the book is applicable to her business, and allows her to foster a positive and motivating environment for her employees.

Kellie A. (Amazon) described the book as easy to read with a fresh approach. She, too, stated that it is a must-have for business owners. The author has taken project management to the next level, and she believes it will guide her for the success she is waiting for.

An Amazon customer gave it 5 stars and described it as extremely informative. The reader stated that she has already started applying the concepts into work.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Kick Ass Project Manager is divided into 9 chapters or topics that will help readers improve and master their project management effectiveness. The topics include knowing yourself, knowing everyone else, leadership and teamwork, putting things in perspective, and more. It also includes the Goodrich Model of PM excellence, which discusses the 5 elements of purpose, people, product, process, and passion.

Approach/Tone: The author presents the topics in a light and informative manner. She gives facts and practical recommendations, but also shares light moments. Readers are also given questions for introspection.

Style: The book is an easy read, as the topics are presented in a very interesting way. The paragraphs are short, and important topics are also presented in an easy-to-read presentation, such as bulleted lists and summaries. Figures help the reader in visualizing and remembering the concepts.

Why Buy the Book

Kick Ass Project Manager is a timely handbook and guide. Project management is an accepted discipline that helps business and organization achieve goals, value, and benefits. Enabling the project manager to be more effective in today’s challenging and competitive environment is a key strategy in sustaining growth and profitability.

Author

Belinda Goodrich is the President and Lead Instructor of PM Learning Solutions, a privately held project management education provider. Belinda is an internationally recognized PM expert across industries with more than 20+ years of experience. One of her many accomplishments include being the first woman to receive the original 5 PMI credentials: PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PgMP, and CAPM. She has since added PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, and is also a Certified Scrum Master. Belinda, through PMLS, has developed the most robust training materials to be the best PM exam prep training company. She is also the founder and CEO of the Goodrich Institute, a consulting company. She is a keynote speaker, a business adviser, and author of books and courseware about PM and PMI exam topics.

$17.71 for the paperback version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.