The Human Factor in Project Management
In the fluid world of changing business environments and variables affecting projects, a style of project management that primarily relies on maintaining the Iron Triangle, that tenuous mix of schedule, scope, and budgets, is no longer the sole path to success. Today’s project management demands a focus on leadership of the kind that anticipates and embraces change, challenges the status quo, and inspires teams. Developing these skills requires a mastery of emotional intelligence, courage, critical thinking, and a desire to become a true leader dedicated to developing success. Whether you are participating in a project for the first time or you’ve been doing projects for decades, you know the very essence of a project is to return value that gains a competitive edge and propels the organization forward into new frontiers. Whether you believe the best results are earned through agile, waterfall, or a mix of methodologies, project leadership is the secret weapon that will maintain and grow professional relevance, knowledge, and value in today’s workforce.
Through a series of notable lessons in human history and behavior, The Human Factor in Project Management takes you on a journey of self-discovery to define your capabilities and gaps, while building your leadership skills.
In your role as a project manager, project sponsor, product owner, or champion, the book challenges you to question the choices you make in a series of stories where you are the main character. This guide to career and personal growth forces you to look beyond the limitations of a Gantt chart, spreadsheet, or a Kanban board to evaluate the value from every tool you use and every action you take.
About the Author
Chapter 1: Are You a Stick in the Mud, a Cog in the Wheel, or Skids on Rails?
Chapter 2: The Firing Squad, Suicide, and Other Hazards
of the Profession
Chapter 3: Creating the Freedom to Fly High
Chapter 4: Waterfall, Agile, or Timbuktu—Who Cares?
Chapter 5: The Magician and the Disappearing Magic Wand
Chapter 6: Teleporting into the Future
Chapter 7: The Chameleon
Chapter 8: The Thrill of the Ride
Chapter 9: Teachers or Leaders—What’s the Difference?
Chapter 10: What Will You Choose?