Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager – A Book Review
Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers real-world and practical insights for effective and powerful project management. The book shows the significance of leadership in completion of a project and goes on to explain how individuals are as important as processes when it comes to the formula for achieving success. After reading the book, the project manager will certainly know the value of his or her team. The book walks you through the important elements of the project management process like initiating, monitoring or controlling, planning and closing.
The book is available in two versions-paperback and kindle. The front and back covers of the latest paperback edition are designed in white and yellow themes, with the back side giving readers a brief summary of what the book is all about. It was first published on April 7, 2015 by BenBella Books and has 256 pages. It’s written in plain English and weighs about 9.1 ounces. ISBN-10: 194163110X; ISBN-13: 978-1941631102.
Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager targets employees in workplace who are regularly expected to coordinate and manage projects. In many cases, some of these individuals have not received formal training in managing projects but act as unofficial project managers. Such people will benefit from the engaging real-life anecdotes and quick reviews at the end of every chapter.
Employees struggling to keep their projects organized will gain a lot of insights from this awesome book. It is also targeted at people who manage projects without an organized team support. Even if you aren’t an official project manager, you can find the best strategies in the book, which when implemented can lead to tremendous success. If you are hell bent on leading an eager team while exceeding expectations, reading this book can be the very first step to success.
What Customers Say
Jay Wilkinson, founder and CEO of Firespring, says that the book provides the ultimate master plan for unofficial project managers and adds that the seven easy chapters will transform one from being an amateur to an expert in the field of project management.
According to Robert Fitt, Sr. Director of Human Resources , Broadcom Corporation, in this age of slim corporate headcount, everyone, irrespective of their title, is expected to play the part of a project manager. He states that the book covers the fundamental concepts required by any project professional to be successful.
Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author of Time Management From The Inside Out, says that the book delves into the heart of the challenge faced by many at the workplace like organizing projects without any formal training. She adds that each chapter in the book helps one take control fast with great knowledge shared by the author.
Content, Approach, Style
Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager changes the way you think about project management and sets a new benchmark for effective project management. It supports and acknowledges the role each employee plays while dealing with projects. The employees of the modern world have quietly slipped into the role of unofficial project managers.
The book has seven chapters, each of which has a step by step guide on how to become an effective “unofficial” project manager and can become a great resource for all future projects. It combines together a process that every individual can use for project work and is apt for all levels of an organization. The best part is that it covers all the basic areas needed to be successful as a project professional, which makes the book an easy read.
Why Buy The Book
If the idea of managing your projects seems like a nightmare, the book can be the best solution to keep your fears at bay. Moreover, with a whole list of proverbs on project management, readers will find loads of inspiration to remain in their current position and yet excel. Readers who follow the advice laid down in the book will slowly see a tremendous, positive impact in their career.
The “Four Foundational Behaviors” can help an “unofficial” project manager engage his/her team to the fullest.
Books That Complement
Project Management: A Systems Approach, authored by Harold D. Kerzner, is the ultimate book for professionals within an organization who have been asked to lead a project but where PM practice is not prevalent.
Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide, by Gregory M. Horine, can be of great help to people who are given the task of managing projects for the very first time. It gives people new to managing projects an extra element of confidence and provides affordable ways to manage projects.
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Ms. Kogon was honored by Utah magazine as one of the “Top 30 Businesswoman to Watch” in the western state of Utah. She has worked with countless firms from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses in Mexico, the US, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Japan to name a few. She’s currently the board member of the EcSell Institute.