Essential Project Management Skills

Essential Project Management Skills

by Kerry Wills
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Essential Project Management Skills by Kerry Wills

In today's business world, project managers not only have to be diligent in project planning and execution, but also need to have skills in persuasion, self-management, communication, and relationship management. Reflecting the changing landscape of projects today, Essential Project Management Skills empowers project managers to master the skills necessary to succeed in the current environment.

Divided into four sections by chapter and enhanced with tables and diagrams, the book begins by introducing the concepts related to the changing project landscape and their impact on projects. It then delves into the details of several trends within the project landscape, describes the challenges created by these trends for project managers, and provides illuminating case studies that elucidate each trend and its impact. Next, the book outlines the skills required to be successful in this new environment and offers techniques that can be applied to fully master them. Each of these skills is aligned with a case study in which the skills and techniques are used and the outcomes discussed. Finally, the book ties together the evolution of the project landscape, the challenges posed, and the new skills required to manage projects successfully in today's environment. The book also provides a checklist of the skills and techniques in the context of different project scenarios.

Written by an expert with a career of hands-on experience in the project management field, this volume is invaluable for project managers who have a fundamental background in project management principles and want to augment their toolbox of skills and techniques around the delivery of projects in today's complicated business environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439827161
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/19/2010
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kerry Wills has worked as a consultant and as a project manager for Fortune 500 companies on multi-million-dollar technology projects since 1995. During that time, he has gained experience in several capacities: program manager, project manager, architect, developer, business analyst, and tester. Having worked in each of these areas gives Kerry a deep understanding of all facets of an information technology project. He has planned and executed several large projects as well as remediated several troubled projects.

Kerry is a member of Mensa and has a unique perspective on project work, resulting in eight patents, published work in project management journals and books, and speaking engagements at more than twenty project management conferences and corporations around the world. He is a passionate speaker who has a reputation for delivering entertaining presentations combined with vivid examples from his experiences. He runs a project management blog called "Adventures in Project Management" at He lives with his wife and two kids in Southington, Connecticut.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike so many other books which focus on core PM techniques this one dives into the skills needed to be successful in the profession. It highlights the trends impacting us and then proposes several techniques and skills needed to thrive in today's environment. A must read for any student or Project Management professional