Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

by Scott Berkun
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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun

In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.

Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.

Topics in this new edition include:

  • How to make things happen
  • Making good decisions
  • Specifications and requirements
  • Ideas and what to do with them
  • How not to annoy people
  • Leadership and trust
  • The truth about making dates
  • What to do when things go wrong
Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project.

Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596555399
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Series: Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 410
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Scott Berkun worked on the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft from 1994-1999 and left the company in 2003 with the goal of writing enough books to fill a shelf. The Myths of Innovation is his second book: he wrote the best seller, The Art of Project Management (O'Reilly 2005). He makes a living writing, teaching and speaking. He teaches a graduate course in creative thinking at the University of Washington, runs the sacred places architecture tour at NYC's GEL conference, and writes about innovation, design and management at www.scottberkun.com.

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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My soon to be husband just recently received his PMP Certification(YEA for him!!), and wanted more books to add to his "Project Management Library". He was VERY excited about receiving this book as a gift, and he is known to do extensive research before investing in books, so I had to do the same for this purchase for him! I have not personally read it- so my review is only from the glad reaction on his face when he opened the gift. My purchase was based on the other reviews I read on several websites. Hope this helps.
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A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Great Book There is a lot of praise out there for Scott Berkun and this book in particular. I feel a bit silly adding to the list of reviews, but I decided to go forward anyway when I tasked myself with writing the best review ever. I think a lot of us are looking to figure out what is the best in a fast fashion. Word of mouth is always king, so Amazon reviews come as close as they can. So, why read Making Things Happen? - Note that it is the new edition of The Art of Project Management. - You will gain personal motivation to make things happen either at work or in life. - The book covers how to be a great project manager, from gathering ideas to managing teams and schedules. - It may not be all new news, but it’s all the best management practices in one well-designed book. - He introduces several key concepts and brings perspective to areas that may seem like common sense, but as the wise saying goes: “We need not be so much instructed but reminded.” - This book is more than just an overview, but you do need to continue to learn. For more in-depth looks into project management, one can read up on the Agile Manifesto, Lean Kanban principles, and SEI’s CRM for risk management. - Scott Berkun’s style of writing is really wonderful. His voice is both practical and vivid, engaging and clear. His level of expertise in communicating what it means to be a great project manager has transcended from author to teacher, which means you know he’s good! I hope you find this review helpful. Now, go make things happen!
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