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We all make mistakes. Project managers are certainly no exception - though as a profession we tend to be placed under much scrutiny at times and therefore those mistakes may become big news and can be - depending on the mistake - quite damaging and costly to the projects we are running.
What they are saying about it...
"Dead on, Brad. Excellent book and I think most all of us have committed these regularly. Reading this will help us be better PMs on our next project and recognize these deadly sins in advance. Thanks!"
A Real World Project Manager's Guide to the Successful Project
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I like to think of project management in terms of best practices – and I personally define that as...
“Logical steps that systematically help the leader or manager of a project oversee the work of a team of individuals and the customer to efficiently and effectively work in steps to best ensure a successful engagement.”
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Whether you are looking to become a project manager, currently are a project manager and interested in moving your PM career along or to another organization, or are interested in taking the next step into upper-level management in yours or another organization, this eBook should be of some value to you.
Planning. It’s a word that makes project managers, excited project team members, and enthusiastic project customer cringe, as they consider moving forward on a hot project. Even executive management within the delivery organization - who above all should understand the concept of planning and what it means to the bottom line of the project - often would rather push a project forward than patiently wait for the methodical planning phases and deliverables to play out.
Why do we need planning?
Rework kills projects. And proper planning kills rework. In the project management world of rock-paper-scissors, planning is the rock to the rework’s scissors. With proper planning - SMASH! - no rework.
What to takeaway from this book...
My hope for the readers of this book is that they will go from wondering how to plan for and prepare to perform things like communication planning, risk management, preparing for and kicking off the engagement with the project customer, and creating a project schedule that is ready to use as a tool to lead a detailed and complex project engagement. I am not going to go through all of the details of each of these with you - that is for another book or another article or possibly even a textbook. What I want to give you is the wisdom and knowledge from someone who has been there and done that...someone who knows how it feels to succeed in each of these areas and also to fail in each of these areas and doesn’t want to see that happen to you. This book is for new and old PMs alike...a document that can help give you confidence in each of these areas because it lays some fundamental groundwork for each concept and activity and puts you in the position to move forward with success.
What they are saying about it...
"I just downloaded it. It would be a valuable guidance for everyone who would learn more about project management. Thank you for sharing."
"Thank you for sharing your lessons learned, knowledge and experiences - this is what true and real project managers demonstrate consistently."
"This should be mandatory reading for government project managers."
No one individual and no processes we currently know of can guarantee successes on the projects we manage. As many as 74% of all projects prove to be failures to some degree or in someone’s opinion. What we can do is practice best practices, plan well, try to re-enact what worked in the past on similar projects, and avoid those things that we know caused us or our colleagues problems on similar implementations in recent memory. If we don’t learn lessons from our own actions and from the actions of others then we are likely to repeat the same mistakes over and over again and experience the same project failures over and over again.
Managing the Performance of Red Hat Virtual Infrastructures
While virtualization offers many benefits, it also makes performance management harder than before. Often this is attributable to the fact that in a virtualized environment it can become much harder to pinpoint the underlying cause of a performance issue and the owners of each service layer in your IT organization may actually ‘see’ their area of oversight as performing as expected. Virtualization, coupled with a dynamic environment – meaning VMs can be moving dynamically from one physical machine to another – can make the diagnosis of the underlying issue extremely difficult. That’s why a powerful dashboard and diagnostic tool with a 360˚ view like the one eG Innovations offers is critical to your organization’s VDI success.
I created this white paper to showcase eG Innovations' Enterprise solution to Virtualization Performance Management and walk the reader through problematic scenarios and how the eG Enterprise tool drills down through the service layers in a virtualized organization to pinpoint the true cause of the performance issue.
RealPM: A Hybrid PM Methodology for Real Life IT Project Management
Offering a step-by-step project management life cycle practice, or adoptable project management methodology, if you will. Great for the consulting PM, the small startup organization, or the large IT shop that has yet to reach the point of repeatable, sound IT project management practices. My processes can be easily adopted to fit your non-IT project management needs as well.
Should be available by mid 2015 as a PDF book for purchase through PayPal. Check back here and look for updates on Twitter @begeland.
Project Management for the Masses
Release - TBA.
A real life working guide to project management. Covering everything from the project management lifecycle, the project management office (PMO), what makes PM work and what doesn't, lessons learned, PM consulting, etc. Lots of real world information, templates, examples, and advice from a professional with more than 19 years of project management experience and 25 years total in the information technology industry.
Work in progress - so no date set as of now. Will be available as a PDF book for purchase through PayPal. Check back here and look for updates on Twitter @begeland.