Project Management Success Stories: Lessons of Project Leaders / Edition 1

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Overview

"This is the project management book I've been waiting a decade for! . . . The new world is the Project World, and this book gloriously shows the way."-Tom Peters

How to get beyond the formulas and succeed in real-world project management

Project Management Success Stories begins where most books on project management leave off-with the real-world experiences of professional project managers working without a net. From these stories and the lessons they teach, project managers emerge not as bureaucrats or technicians clinging to rules and formulas but as champions who challenge the status quo, set goals that extend the limits of their teams' capabilities, rely more on judgment and intuition than calculation, and are not afraid to take risks when necessary.

Based on a comprehensive, NASA-sponsored research project, this practical guide takes readers beyond textbook management systems and articulates the field-proven tacit knowledge that these veteran leaders have accumulated through years of experience under fire. These stories contain lessons that extend far beyond the field of engineering; they apply in any environment, from the government task force to the corporate boardroom to the shop floor. This remarkably unconventional how-to book:
* Features 70 firsthand project management success stories
* Presents actionable lessons demonstrated by these success stories
* Inspires and energizes readers to reach new heights in their own performance
* Conveys leadership principles and intangibles in a simple, nontechnical format
* Provides resources for creating success stories within any organization
* Includes profiles of five "star" project managers

Project management is not just for engineers anymore, and Project Management Success Stories is for anyone-engineer or generalist, project manager or team member-who wants to turn the tacit knowledge of proven professionals into hands-on solutions to the recurring challenges of a dynamic and constantly changing business and technological environment.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Laufer (civil engineering, U. of Maryland) and Hoffman (NASA's Academy of program and project leadership) have collected 70 short accounts from 36 project managers (most are at NASA, others are with the Department of Defense and other national agencies) who recount the stories of projects they led. For reasons of security, the stories do not include the specifics of the projects; they are confined rather to the strategies used to see the project through to completion. Readers are thus introduced to the leadership principles contained in the diverse approaches taken by the authors. A small snapshot of the author and summary of the main lessons learned are included with each story. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471360070
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/13/2000
  • Series: Operations Management Series , #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEXANDER LAUFER, PhD, is Visiting Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland.

EDWARD J. HOFFMAN, PhD, manages NASA's Academy of Program and Project Leadership, which supports and trains NASA's project management community.

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Table of Contents

Adopt a Will to Win.

Challenge the Status Quo.

Take Measured Risks.

Foster Flexible Systems and Behavior.

Legitimize Judgment-Based Decisions.

Create and Maintain a Focus.

Involve the Customer.

Develop Teamwork.

Build Trust.

Profiles of Successful Project Leaders.

Appendices.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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