Project Team Leadership and Communication

Project Team Leadership and Communication

by Samuel A Malachowsky

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Overview

Project team leadership is challenging.

You've been self-motivated your whole life. You've mastered the skills and technical expertise required by your field. Your colleagues and peers respect you as a professional and a friend. But nothing has prepared you for the host of challenges that come with leading a team: oppressive schedules, demanding customers, and people who just can't seem to get to work. This book takes a step-by-step approach in helping you to understand how to fulfil the expectations of a team leader -from gaining a basic grasp of what makes a project a project -to techniques in estimating time and creating schedules -to how to properly communicate reports, metrics, and numbers in a way that’s relevant to those who care about your project.

You'll learn how to:


  • Understand the principles of leadership, and how they apply to you as a professional and those you work with
  • Properly prioritize tasks, project schedules, and customer demands
  • Analyze and manage the expectations of those important to the project through consistent, planned communication
  • Build trust, foster commitment, and manage conflict within your team
  • Identify and stop common project issues in their tracks
  • and much more


This edition features expanded resources including key terms and definitions, review questions and exercises, and practical, immediately applicable tools that accompany each chapter. Additionally, an appendix explaining Agile Methods and how modern project teams can benefit from new ways of organizing and performing project work is included. Instructional resources are available at lintwood.com/ProjectLeadership

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732378902
Publisher: Lintwood Press
Publication date: 05/20/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 959,352
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Samuel A. Malachowsky is a certified career Project Manager (PMP) who currently teaches in the Software Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His passion lies in connecting the abstract and technical with the practical-by teaching project values, leadership, and personal professional development. His articles, along with more information about the ideas presented in his boos, are available at TeachingSE.com. He currently resides in Rochester, NY with his wife and children.
Additionally, Samuel is available for consultation and on-site training for the areas covered in this book by emailing info@TeachingSE.com.

Table of Contents

About This Book


  1. Understanding Leadership
    • The Leader’s Title
    • Leadership Styles
    • Influence
    • Motivators
    • Matching Leadership with Culture
    • Who We Lead
    • The Discipline of Project Management
    • Chapter Tool: Who We Are as Leaders
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes


  2. Project Fundamentals
    • What is a Project?
    • The Project Environment
    • Values, Needs, and Process
    • Quality and The Project Triangle
    • Defining Project Outcomes: A Layered Approach
    • The Project’s Early Stages
    • Chapter Tool: Planning Project Quality
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises


  3. Prioritization: The Core of Project Leadership
    • Why is Prioritization So Essential?
    • Estimation Methods
    • Estimates vs. Commitments
    • Accuracy and Precision
    • Project Scheduling
    • Project Tracking
    • Risk Management
    • Chapter Tool: Prioritizing Stakeholders
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes


  4. Team Structure and Development
    • What Makes a Team Successful?
    • Team Structure
    • Team Development
    • Needs and the Team
    • Building Trust
    • Managing Conflict
    • Achieving Commitment
    • Embracing Accountability
    • Focusing on Results
    • Chapter Tool: Evaluating Your Team’s Maturity
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes


  5. Communication and Expectation Management
    • The Importance of Project Communication
    • Basic Communication Concepts
    • Push/Pull Communication: A Hybrid Approach
    • Communications within the Team: Meeting Success
    • Ethics in Communication
    • Communicating with Metrics and Reports
    • Stakeholder Expectation Management
    • Chapter Tool: The Quad Chart
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes


  6. Pitfalls to Identify and Avoid
    • Team Pitfalls
    • Process and Product Pitfalls
    • Chapter Tool: Pitfall “Hot Spots”
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes


  7. (Appendix) Agile: The Future of Projects?
    • The History of Agile
    • Why Agile is Important
    • Agile: A Group of Defined Processes
    • Agile: A Set of Practices and Tools
    • Agile: A Defined Set of Core Values and Principles
    • Implementation in Your Organization
    • Summary and Conclusion
    • Key Terms
    • Review Questions
    • Exercises
    • Notes




Answers to Review Questions

Index

About the Author

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