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The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General Manager, E-home Division, Microsoft Corporation "Berkun has written a fast paced, jargon-free and witty guide to what he wisely refers to as the 'art' of project management. It's a great introduction to the discipline. Seasoned and new managers will benefit from Berkun's perspectives." --Joe Mirza, Director, CNET Networks (Cnet.com) "Most books with the words 'project management' in the title are dry tomes. If that's what you are expecting to hear from Berkun's book, you will be pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's about project management. But it's also about creativity, situational problem-solving, and leadership. If you're a team member, project manager, or even a non-technical stakeholder, Scott offers dozens of practical tools and techniques you can use, and questions you can ask, to ensure your projects succeed." --Bill Bliss, Senior VP of product and customer experience, expedia.com In The Art of Project Management, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal account of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice. Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your team need to have within arms reach. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come. Topics 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


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The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General Manager, E-home Division, Microsoft Corporation "Berkun has written a fast paced, jargon-free and witty guide to what he wisely refers to as the 'art' of project management. It's a great introduction to the discipline. Seasoned and new managers will benefit from Berkun's perspectives." --Joe Mirza, Director, CNET Networks (Cnet.com) "Most books with the words 'project management' in the title are dry tomes. If that's what you are expecting to hear from Berkun's book, you will be pleasantly surprised. Sure, it's about project management. But it's also about creativity, situational problem-solving, and leadership. If you're a team member, project manager, or even a non-technical stakeholder, Scott offers dozens of practical tools and techniques you can use, and questions you can ask, to ensure your projects succeed." --Bill Bliss, Senior VP of product and customer experience, expedia.com In The Art of Project Management, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal account of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice. Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your team need to have within arms reach. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come. Topics 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

30 review for The Art of Project Management

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I bought this book to help get me up to speed when I unexpectedly became the interim project manager for several important products my company was developing. I began the book with no knowledge of how things were supposed to be done and ended feeling confident that I could take on what was asked of me. Although the book is written for developer-cum-project managers and I'm in marketing, there is a wealth valuable information presented in an engaging and pleasant-to-read manner that will teach yo I bought this book to help get me up to speed when I unexpectedly became the interim project manager for several important products my company was developing. I began the book with no knowledge of how things were supposed to be done and ended feeling confident that I could take on what was asked of me. Although the book is written for developer-cum-project managers and I'm in marketing, there is a wealth valuable information presented in an engaging and pleasant-to-read manner that will teach you something, no matter what your background is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    If you read one book about managing (software) projects, this might be it. It doesn't touch on the various (software specific) methodologies that people deal with (and become obsessed with). But it touches on all of the other stuff besides those process-y things - people, politics, getting things done. If you've already been successful, maybe you don't have to read this. But you should, just in case, because you never know when you might be doing something that is secretly working against you. If you read one book about managing (software) projects, this might be it. It doesn't touch on the various (software specific) methodologies that people deal with (and become obsessed with). But it touches on all of the other stuff besides those process-y things - people, politics, getting things done. If you've already been successful, maybe you don't have to read this. But you should, just in case, because you never know when you might be doing something that is secretly working against you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vivek

    Every project/product/program manager should read this book at lest once in 6 months.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    I've read a lot of project management books that talk about the specific processes and practices you need to execute. This is the first book I've read that deals with the "softer skills" of management & leadership and I found it to be very enlightening. If leadership doesn't come naturally to you, this book can help you understand the skills necessary to do more than plain project management. If leadership does come naturally, this book can give you insight as to the things you are doing that mak I've read a lot of project management books that talk about the specific processes and practices you need to execute. This is the first book I've read that deals with the "softer skills" of management & leadership and I found it to be very enlightening. If leadership doesn't come naturally to you, this book can help you understand the skills necessary to do more than plain project management. If leadership does come naturally, this book can give you insight as to the things you are doing that make you successful. (And as we all know, when you're conscious of something, it only helps you improve.) I would recommend chapters 1, 8-11 & 14 for the best information. 12, 13, 15 & 16 are insightful. 2-7 are interesting if you don't have a lot of background in software development & methodologies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John McElhenney

    Berkun was there at the dawn of IE 3 - 4 - 5. What a task trying to manage the MS development teams as they tried to define the uber-browser and then build it. And then miss deadlines. And then remove features. And then miss more deadlines. And then ship. And then fix. Not so much a project management book as a people skills and leadership book of wisdom. The book was renamed recently by O'Rielly books in an attempt to make it more marketable. Berkun is poetically clear. "Art" is in this book. Berkun was there at the dawn of IE 3 - 4 - 5. What a task trying to manage the MS development teams as they tried to define the uber-browser and then build it. And then miss deadlines. And then remove features. And then miss more deadlines. And then ship. And then fix. Not so much a project management book as a people skills and leadership book of wisdom. The book was renamed recently by O'Rielly books in an attempt to make it more marketable. Berkun is poetically clear. "Art" is in this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael Coyne

    This is the best book on project management if you actually want to know how to manage projects in the real world. Fun and easy to read, a great source of inspiration - I find myself flipping through it every couple of days to help ensure I've properly thought through everything when putting together my work plans. This is the best book on project management if you actually want to know how to manage projects in the real world. Fun and easy to read, a great source of inspiration - I find myself flipping through it every couple of days to help ensure I've properly thought through everything when putting together my work plans.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    I thought this book presented a lot of extremely practical suggestions for managing projects. It's geared towards software development, but most of the ideas seem applicable to other areas. I thought this book presented a lot of extremely practical suggestions for managing projects. It's geared towards software development, but most of the ideas seem applicable to other areas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wojtekwalczak

    This book contains so many obvious questions/remarks that it's too hard to always take all of them into account. Thus one should browse this book from time to time to pick at least one and reconsider. Some random picks: "How to know you are in a difficult situation" (p. 209), "Trust is lost through inconsistent behavior" (p. 236), "Know the critical path" (p. 261), "Who else is competing for the same resources?" (p. 334) and many many more. This book contains so many obvious questions/remarks that it's too hard to always take all of them into account. Thus one should browse this book from time to time to pick at least one and reconsider. Some random picks: "How to know you are in a difficult situation" (p. 209), "Trust is lost through inconsistent behavior" (p. 236), "Know the critical path" (p. 261), "Who else is competing for the same resources?" (p. 334) and many many more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samir Majhi

    Was meant for the waterfall age. Not very useful now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Book

    Project management is much more than sum of project manager activities; it involves all the actions performed by team members in project planning, managing or closing phases. It is fair to say that it takes more than successful project manager to have successful project, that everyone in project team contribute to its success. "The Art of Project Management" written by Scott Berkun is a book every project manager should read, presenting all important project aspects and not focusing on any specif Project management is much more than sum of project manager activities; it involves all the actions performed by team members in project planning, managing or closing phases. It is fair to say that it takes more than successful project manager to have successful project, that everyone in project team contribute to its success. "The Art of Project Management" written by Scott Berkun is a book every project manager should read, presenting all important project aspects and not focusing on any specific project management methodology. It is packed with author's personal project management experience providing insight into all the aspects which make project management the art. For someone as me who have more than 10 years in PM, it was great to read book about this topic that is not tiresome like most on the market. Divided into three parts (Plans, Skill and Management), the book's organization provides a logical flow although the chapters can be randomly accessed which is also author's recommendation. In book's first part, "Plans", author started with short history of project management and discussion about projects' common elements in order to help avoiding common errors from the past. Afterwards planning, project requirements and creation of project vision are discussed. Author presented three planning perspectives - the business perspective, the technology perspective and the customer perspective. Lot of space is dedicated for discussions about creativity, for author examination of all ideas, good or bad, is essential to creativity. It is great, though uncommon to see such amount of design-related topics in a project management book. In the second part, "Skills", author provided many practical topics, even for experienced PM as I like to think about myself. The advices can be found about writing proper project specifications, ways of decision making and even about efficient e-mail communication. The final part of the book, "Management" is more about some general issues of project management. Author manages to touch the softer side of project management, speaking about importance of trust and ever-present political games in many projects. What sets this book different from all other project management books is personal tone which is in other books often replaced by fully technical and impersonal theory. As it can be expected for book about project management it it's thick, nearly 500 pages long, book but due to writing style it can be read very quickly. The book great add-on is the excellent annotated bibliography providing reader an additional source for other helpful project management titles. Scott Berkun's "The Art of Project Management" is different book about project management. This comprehensive guide, written with heart and lot of experience, succeeded in presentation of all aspects of this interesting profession, picturing best practices as well as those that should be avoided. It is recommended read for project managers but also to those who are trying to become or understand one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ruthmgon

    Thick, funny,lots of stuff here. ...good recommendation from Barbara's sister Kathleen. This is a dense topic, but I am really enjoying his humor and thoroughness. He is definitely coming from a web project manager background, and this has like 500 pages. So I am hovering at page 250...a section about decision making. This is a really good chapter for me to absorb, because he talks about how sometimes you have to make a quick decisions and while you have to make good decisions, often you don't h Thick, funny,lots of stuff here. ...good recommendation from Barbara's sister Kathleen. This is a dense topic, but I am really enjoying his humor and thoroughness. He is definitely coming from a web project manager background, and this has like 500 pages. So I am hovering at page 250...a section about decision making. This is a really good chapter for me to absorb, because he talks about how sometimes you have to make a quick decisions and while you have to make good decisions, often you don't have a long time to make them. The time to make careful decisions is at the start of a big project when you have time to consider all angles. It will save time later and if a decision does not make a big impact, don't sweat over it. Will be finishing this one for sure. Hope to get back to it soon.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Burnside

    This isn't a bad book. If your job is to wrangle project through to delivery, this is probably a good book to have read through at least once. Unfortunately, it suffers from the fact that Scott Berkun's total project management experience is from inside Microsoft. So, everything in this book assumes that you're a PM on a GIANT project, working with hundreds of people and multiple internal organizations. If you're the project manager at a small company, with four developers and an analyst, for ex This isn't a bad book. If your job is to wrangle project through to delivery, this is probably a good book to have read through at least once. Unfortunately, it suffers from the fact that Scott Berkun's total project management experience is from inside Microsoft. So, everything in this book assumes that you're a PM on a GIANT project, working with hundreds of people and multiple internal organizations. If you're the project manager at a small company, with four developers and an analyst, for example, then most of this book's advice is going to be overkill. I also found that, in the edition I had, the print was too small, and made it hard to read for more than fifteen minutes at a time. That's not Scott's fault, but it was definitely a detractor from my reading experience.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ryan

    When Scott Berkum was a Project Manager at Microsoft, bringing new products and operating systems to market, he came to work each day with the mantra "Make Good Things Happen." For that reason, if for no other, this book deserves to be read by every software PM. After a few years in the industry, software PMs tend to come to work with unspoken mantras like, "Avoid being shafted," "Identify a scapegoat," "What's our exit strategy?" "Distance myself from that decision," "Die rather than tell the t When Scott Berkum was a Project Manager at Microsoft, bringing new products and operating systems to market, he came to work each day with the mantra "Make Good Things Happen." For that reason, if for no other, this book deserves to be read by every software PM. After a few years in the industry, software PMs tend to come to work with unspoken mantras like, "Avoid being shafted," "Identify a scapegoat," "What's our exit strategy?" "Distance myself from that decision," "Die rather than tell the truth," "Where's the power in this organisation?" ... It is not a job for bunnies. But Scott managed to succeed, and thrive, and daily tried to "Make Good Things Happen." Now there is a guy that I can learn from.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ben Haley

    Scott does a good job of applying his experience managing the development Microsoft's Internet Explorer to the process of managing (tech projects) more generally. His key points are directed towards customer driven design, milestones, planning documentation, group communication, and whiteboards (which he loves). If you think you should read this book, you are right, if you think you should not read it, right again. Scott does a good job of applying his experience managing the development Microsoft's Internet Explorer to the process of managing (tech projects) more generally. His key points are directed towards customer driven design, milestones, planning documentation, group communication, and whiteboards (which he loves). If you think you should read this book, you are right, if you think you should not read it, right again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marce Scarbrough

    One of the best books on project management I have ever read. The author does a great job of combining theory and reality, in a way that is much easier to understand than the PMBOK. I really enjoyed this book. The chapter on office politics in particular was good and should be expanded into a book of its own. My only suggestion would be to expand this book to make it more general and less software industry specific.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    A great process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone entering into a project management role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes. A great process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone entering into a project management role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Salim Hayran

    It is one of the grate process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone who is working as the project manager role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes. It is one of the grate process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone who is working as the project manager role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Gooch

    Pretty good informal look at project management. A little heavy on the IT project management (could have used more non-IT examples), but I would recommend for anyone interested in project management but not actively involved.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Even though a lot of it was familiar, I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those that I think I would have benefited from when I was younger, and I think newer managers would find it a great resource! Even though a lot of it was familiar, I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those that I think I would have benefited from when I was younger, and I think newer managers would find it a great resource!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I learned quite a few things from this book. The usual information about the importance of schedules, specifications and requirements, and communications are in there. Part 3, Management, added more value to me than other project management books--this is where things "get squishy". I learned quite a few things from this book. The usual information about the importance of schedules, specifications and requirements, and communications are in there. Part 3, Management, added more value to me than other project management books--this is where things "get squishy".

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan El-Bizri

    This is a great book on software project management that focuses on the things that will actually help one do ones job, rather than the things that just assure your boss that you are overworked and miserable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Morris

    This book is very engaging for the subject matter. It is primarily about project management in terms of software development, but even non-project managers can benefit from the topics of organization, critical path planning, stakeholder awareness, and what it takes to make a project successful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Griffiths

    I kinda thought the best bits in this were when *not* to use different project management techniques, that you only use them as long as they're working. And I love his attitude that management isn't there to make people work harder, that actually people pretty much do that themselves. I kinda thought the best bits in this were when *not* to use different project management techniques, that you only use them as long as they're working. And I love his attitude that management isn't there to make people work harder, that actually people pretty much do that themselves.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lee Gingras

    Good book on project management at a philosophical level, but very little nuts and bolts. That can be fine, though - there's a lot of nuts and bolts books out there. More importantly, it has great references and citations! Good book on project management at a philosophical level, but very little nuts and bolts. That can be fine, though - there's a lot of nuts and bolts books out there. More importantly, it has great references and citations!

  25. 4 out of 5

    jeb4t

    Great PM book with hands on experience insights.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    A great work-through of project management techniques for a team setting. Not as solid for a freelancer, but a good book none-the-less. Scott Berkun is a hilarious writer too, which always helps.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I thought this was a really good intro to project management. He has a lot of good things to say.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Behzad behroozan

    Was a typical PM book. Not very practical, but described some good case studies.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sergey Pustylnikov

    I liked it. Clear rendering of the author's view. I think it's applicable in different spheres of life. I liked it. Clear rendering of the author's view. I think it's applicable in different spheres of life.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christophe Addinquy

    Ma note de lecture complète en français ici Ma note de lecture complète en français ici

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