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Essential Project Management Skills

1st Edition

By Kerry Wills

CRC Press

220 pages | 21 B/W Illus.

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In today’s business world, project managers not only have to be diligent in project planning and execution, but also need to have skills in persuasion, communication, and relationship management. Reflecting the changing landscape of projects today, Essential Project Management Skills empowers project managers to master the skills necessary to succeed in the current environment.

Real case studies clarify concepts

Divided into four sections by chapter and enhanced with tables and diagrams, the book begins by introducing the concepts related to the changing project landscape and their impact on projects. It then delves into the details of several trends within the project landscape, describes the challenges created by these trends for project managers, and provides illuminating case studies that elucidate each trend and its impact. Next, the book outlines the skills required to be successful in this new environment and offers techniques that can be applied to fully master them. Each of these skills is aligned with a case study in which the skills and techniques are used and the outcomes discussed. Finally, the book ties together the evolution of the project landscape, the challenges posed, and the new skills required to manage projects successfully in today’s environment. The book also provides a checklist of the skills and techniques in the context of different project scenarios.

Written by an expert in project management

Written by an expert with a career of hands-on experience in the project management field, this volume is invaluable for project managers who have a fundamental background in project management principles and want to augment their toolbox of skills and techniques around the delivery of projects in today’s complicated business environment.




Table of Contents


Changing Project Landscape


Trend 1— Reduce Cost

Trend 2 — Increased Complexity

Trend 3 — Additional Rigor

Trend 4 — Changing Workforce

Reduce Cost: Outsourcing

Additional Attention


Reduce Cost: Shared Services

Competing Priorities

Additional Steps

Resource Skills


Increased Complexity: More Technology Layers

Additional Planning

Different Skill Needs

Increased Complexity: Enterprise Focus

Standards and Fit

Broader Requirements

Increased Complexity: Third-Party Vendors


Loss of Some Control

Additional Rigor: Demand Management and Governance

Additional Planning

No Slack


Additional Rigor: Process and Tools

Additional Planning


Changing Workforce: Specialized Resources

High-Demand Resources

Missing the Big Picture

Changing Workforce: Mobile Resources

Losing Key Resources Impacts Success

Summary of Impacts

The New Project Management Skills


Additional Rigor

Consultative Approach

Managing Information


Additional Rigor

Diligent Project Planning

Use a Standard Methodology for Delivery

Use Resources Intelligently

Diligent Project Management

Use Metrics Appropriately

Improve Competencies

Consultative Approach

Relationship Focus



Political Savvy

Managing Information

Proper Communications Planning

Gathering Information: Visibility

Presenting and Sharing Information

Leading the Team

Motivating Team Members

Empower the Team

Be a Champion for the Team

Handling Conflicts and Difficult People


Tying It All Together

Planning Is an Investment

Constant Diligence

Making Time for the Right Things

Recognizing That People Will Make the Project Successful

Be Conscious

Situational Adaptation

Summary of Techniques and Skills


About the Author

Kerry Wills has worked as a consultant and as a project manager for Fortune 500 companies on multi-million-dollar technology projects since 1995. During that time, he has gained experience in several capacities: program manager, project manager, architect, developer, business analyst, and tester. Having worked in each of these areas gives Kerry a deep understanding of all facets of an information technology project. He has planned and executed several large projects as well as remediated several troubled projects.

Kerry is a member of Mensa and has a unique perspective on project work, resulting in eight patents, published work in project management journals and books, and speaking engagements at more than twenty project management conferences and corporations around the world. He is a passionate speaker who has a reputation for delivering entertaining presentations combined with vivid examples from his experiences. He runs a project management blog called "Adventures in Project Management" at He lives with his wife and two kids in Southington, Connecticut.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General