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Bridging the Business-Project Divide

BOOK REVIEW

pmwj31-Feb2015-Morris-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title: Bridging the Business-Project Divide
Author: John Brinkworth
Publisher: Gower
List Price: US $124.95
Format: hard cover; 213 pages
Publication Date: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4094-6519-5
Reviewer:      Diane Morris
Review Date:            January 2015


Introduction to the Book

Bridging the Business-Project Divide is a one-of-a-kind book that provides a dual perspective of both the business and project viewpoints for various stages of a project. The author, John Brinkworth, aims to help teams, comprised of both business and dedicated project resources, better understand each other’s viewpoints. He then provides practical steps to bridge any gaps that occur at each stage of the project. These steps can be a real breakthrough for teams to stay on track.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Bridging the Business-Project Divide is structured into two major sections: Part 1: The Project Lifecycle and Part 2: Common Strands. The book also includes an introduction and conclusion.

Within Part 1, there are nine chapters related sequentially to the project lifecycle from “Identifying the Project” to “Post-Live Realization of Changes”. Part 2 has six chapters of central themes such as “Quality” and “Finance”. The main chapters are organized the same way with the following outline: The Business Perspective, The Project Perspective, Bridging the Divide, and Key Points.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Bridging the Business-Project Divide provides a thorough and organized approach to understanding viewpoints of team members who have to work together to achieve project goals. By having this perspective, each team member, no matter which side they are on, can best build common goals and ensure the project success.

A book dedicated to really understanding the differing perspectives of team members is unique in helping teams to overcome potential pitfalls caused by these differences.

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About the Reviewer

pmwj17-dec2013-morris-IMAGE2 REVIEWERDiane Johnson Morris, PMP, MBAflag-usa

 

North Texas, USA

Diane Johnson Morris is an Industrial Engineer and certified PMP. She has over 25 years of experience in the Defense and Retail Industries. She has worked in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Information Technology areas as an Engineer, Process Leader, Strategy Manager, and Program/Project Manager.

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