Tom Kendrick is a successful Project Management Consultant who has previously worked as a management executive for both Hewlett-Packard and Visa Inc. He is already an accomplished author within the Project Management fraternity, having previously penned ‘Identifying and Managing Project Risk’, ‘Results without Authority‘ ‘and ‘The Project Management Tool Kit‘. His latest offering, ’101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them’ takes a holistic view of Project Management as a discipline, and acts as an effective reference guide to Project Managers from all industries.
The book has clearly been written as a guide for PM professionals to dip into as and when they see fit. Viewed in this context as opposed to a book that should be read from cover to cover the book is extremely effective at what it does. Tom clearly has an excellent understanding of the profession and the intricacies involved in successfully managing all elements of the project lifecycle and the fact that the book is organised in a chronological manner in relation to the lifecycle makes it particularly easy to use and dip into.
There is something for everyone in this book, whether you are a dyed in the wool PM or a newbie professional taking their first steps into the profession. Tom is able to switch between broad topics, such as the typical personality type of a Project Manager, to more specialist areas, such as the ins and outs of managing interdependencies with ease. Newer Project Managers should find the sections around teamwork and qualifications particularly useful. Tom dishes out some really good advice on the area of qualifications. This is often a very grey area that should more often than not be determined by individual circumstance on the part of the individual. Tom manages to write succinctly and offer some genuinely valuable advice, as opposed to just advising individuals to take a certain course or become a member of a particular body.
What I really like about this book is Tom’s writing style. There is a lot of humour to be found in the sub-text and as a whole the book is written with flair and clarity. I am sure that experienced Project Managers will read certain sections of this book and nod along knowingly to what Tom is saying.
A great accompaniment for any Project Manager then, and a book I would certainly recommend investing some time in.
March 2011 – Reviewed by Gary Holmes
About Gary Holmes: Gary Holmes is a Project Management Recruitment Consultant for Arras People, the project management recruitment people.