Sometimes, the books covering the wealth of issues surrounding project management and careers seem to pile up here at the Arras People office. We read voraciously already as we strive to be a continuously professional developed lot, but we’ve only so many hours in the day.
So now’s the time to unload. If you want to review a book for us, choose from the following list below and enter that choice FIRST in the comments section below.
A note: we’ve revamped our Project Management Library, where all of our book reviews eventually end up, so give it a look. If you do get a book send today, it will live in the appropriate section of our library, after getting first run on either this blog space or our newsletter, Project Management Tipoffs.
But you’ve gotta comment and select a book first (it’s usually a good idea to list your top two choices, in case the first one is already taken).
Have at it, Hoss!
There Is An I in Team, Mark de Rond (Harvard Business Review Press) (SORRY, THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!)
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE: De Rond, professor of Strategy and Organization at University of Cambridge, looks at the performance of teams through the lens of sports. Through first-hand accounts of elite athletes, elite teams and their coaches, There Is an I in Team explores the relationship between individual and team — and asks the question: How can we harness the talent of individual performers into a cohesive, productive team that creates value?
Based on the experiences and stories of well-known athletes and coaches including Michael Jordan, Sir Alex Ferguson, Magic Johnson, Joe DiMaggio, John Eales, Bill Walsh, Michael Phelps, Adrian Moorhouse, Seve Ballestreros, and Brian Clough, de Rond challenges common assumptions about teams – and provides fresh insight into how they become high-performing and value-creating teams.
The Principles of Project Finance, Rod Morrison – ed. (Gower) (SORRY, THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!)
FROM THE BACK COVER: The Principles of Project Finance reviews the technique of project finance. It explores, step-by-step, the key ingredients of the concept. The book is aimed at a business-savvy audience, but one which is not necessarily up to speed on the concept, and has a global reach by covering both OECD countries and the emerging markets.
Project finance is positioned at a key point between the global capital markets and the energy and infrastructure industries. To explain and illustrate the ideas behind project finance, the book is made of chapters written by a range of leading players in the market from around the world.
A Short Guide to Operational Risk, David Tattam (Gower) (SORRY THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!!)
FROM THE BACK COVER: There is a growing awareness across both public and private sectors, that the key to embedding an effective risk culture lies in raising the general education and understanding of risk at every level in the organization.
This is exactly the purpose of David Tattam’s book. A Short Guide to Operational Risk provides you with a basic yet comprehensive overview of the nature of operational risk in organizations. (This) is a book to be read and shared at all levels of the organization; it offers a common understanding and language of risk that will provide individual readers with the basis to develop risk management skills, appropriate to their role in the business.
Benefit Realisation Management, Gerald Bradley (Gower) (SORRY THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!!)
Works well in conjunction with the conversation we’re hosting at our LinkedIn Group. Join in today!
FROM THE BACK COVER: The second edition takes you step-by-step through the benefits realisation process, explaining along the way, how to:
- define your projects and programmes by mapping the benefits;
- produce a convincing and accurate business case;
- communicate the benefits and get all your stakeholders on board;
- agree the measures you will use to encourage the desired behaviours, to monitor progress and to assess the ultimate success of the project or programme;
- use the benefits realisation approach to understand and address the human aspects of the project, including resistance to change, training needs and new ways of working; and,
- integrate this approach into your organisation’s culture and systems.
The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor (Infinite Ideas) (SORRY, THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!)
The book, the myth, the legend that is – Lazy PM! Here’s a bit of what we wrote about it in 2009…
“Peter’s use of analogies and stories is where I found some of the value. The remainder of the value came in the real content of the book. Over the years as a project / programme management consultant, lecturer, teacher and practitioner, I’ve built up a pretty good education about how to manage change into organisations through projects. I cannot find fault with any of Peter’s recommendations – especially the bit about being lazy!”
Well said. Could you possibly write it better? Prove it!
Customer-Centric Project Management, Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow (Gower) (SORRY THIS BOOK HAS BEEN CHOSEN!)
Harrin is a favourite of Arras People personnel from her Girl’s Guide to Project Management blog and Social Media for Project Managers book. With Peplow, an IT executive that has worked with a bevy of high-profile clients, Customer-Centric Project Management is presented on the basis of “a sea-change in the focus of organizations – whether private or public – away from a traditional product-or service-centricity towards customer-centricity and projects are just as much a part of that change.” As we approach another generation of “customer is right”, Harrin and Peplow aim to put project managers into the shoes of the customers they’ll be delivering to and give them their due consideration. Part of Gower’s “Advances in Project Management” Series, edited by Professor Darren Dalcher, PhD.
Designing your Project and Programme Management (PPM) Centre of Excellence (COE): A Strategic Guide, David E. Marsh & David A. Wilkin (MMP)
Our own Lindsay Scott checked out this book after attending a 2006 PPM CoE conference featuring both Marsh & Wilkin. You can read that post here, and learn more about Marsh & Wilkin here. Their MMP Consulting firm “have assist(ed) organisations to gain the most from Programme and Project Management and especially the establishment and operation of Programme and Project Support Offices and their supporting infrastructure.
AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST…
Managing Project Supply Chains, Ron Basu (Gower)
FROM THE BACK COVER: “The success of any project relies on the punctual, accurate and cost-effective delivery of materials, systems and facilities. Typically, a major project involves several stakeholders working together with controlled resources to deliver a completed project. It has many suppliers, contractors and customers; it has procurement and supply, demand planning and scheduling; it often lasts several years and has long lead times. Managing Project Supply Chains demonstrates how customised supply chain management can be applied to project management, ensuring project resources are delivered as required, reducing delays and costs and promoting a successful outcome.”
Another title from Gower’s “Advances in Project Management” Series.