The Missing Link In Projects


the-missing-link-in-projectsBook Title:  The Missing Link In Projects

Author:  Lunga Msengana

Publisher:  Knowres Publishing

Format:  soft cover; 148 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 978-1-86922-190-4

List Price: R259.00 (South African Rand)

Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP

Review Date:              February 2013


Introduction to the Book

This book focuses on the importance role human factors play in Project Management.  Personal aspects can often play a stronger role in success of a project.  Often the focus is on technical aspects which can have less impact on overall results.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 11 chapters:

  1. The human aspect:  The missing link in projects
  2. The art and the science of managing projects
  3. Project management and leadership
  4. Career issues in project management
  5. Project managers as politicians
  6. IQ is so overrated
  7. The real meaning of control in projects
  8. The essence of lessons learned
  9. Systems thinking and project management
  10. Communication and Its Power at the Program Level
  11. Pay attention to your modus operand

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

  • Human aspects are often ignored in projects because they can make one feel vulnerable and often requires internal reflection.  If PMs can address these challenges, the benefits include better facilitation and influencing, gaining team member commitment and building stronger relationship.
  • Trust is a major part of any relationship.  The author lists seven steps which have been most effective in his experience.  They include expecting the best in others, understanding and rewarding open communication, admitting mistakes, acceptance of people/situation and most importantly respecting others.
  • Effective management of human aspects results in stronger leader skills, more effective problem-solving and improved teamwork.  The International Project Management Association (IPMA) focuses on these competencies in their four levels of accreditation.  Having these skills is an essential part of the PM growth path.

Highlights: What I liked!

For Project Managers to effectively lead and inspire, it is necessary to have a balance of both technical and human factors.   Often human factors are challenging but effective management yields to benefits and rewards in all areas of life. 


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About the Reviewer

Nazanin-Mehroozflag-usaNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

Nazanin Mehrooz was born in Iran and migrated to the USA where she studied software engineering and worked in both defense and telecom industries.  For the past decade, her focus has been IT Application Support, Operations and Service Delivery Management.  Nazanin is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth PMI chapters.  She can be contacted at [email protected]

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