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pmwj54-jan2017-gan-bookBook Title:   IT Project Management — A Geek’s Guide to Leadership
Author: Byron A. Love
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price: US $49.95
Format: Hard cover, 230 pages
Publication Date:   2016    
ISBN: 978-1-4987-3650-3
Reviewer:     Johnny Gan
Review Date: 12/2016

 


Introduction

This book is an IT geek’s guide to IT leadership, and it’s written by a geek.

Geeks are some of the most brilliant people on the planet, so they can write the book totally different with others. This book is the one of them, which is full of attractive stories, and I could not stop it after I stepped into the first chapter.

The information in this book will help geeks progress in their careers by being aware of leadership expectations and adapting their styles accordingly. And the book author, Byron A. Love, who obtained top-tier IT certifications, such as the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and top-tier management certification, such as the PMI program Management Professional (PgMP) certification. So Byron is definitely qualified to address the topic of IT leadership, and his book helps geeks in leadership roles better understand leadership and makes the transition to better leaders.

Byron wrote this book to address the leadership issues in the IT industry, unlike other leadership books that provide a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. This book focuses on the unique challenges that IT practitioners face, especially some interesting topics, like why we need IT geeks to lead IT geeks

As many other books discussed, IT projects are complex, risky, and more prone to failure. The IT geeks who attempt to develop, deliver, and maintain these solutions must be brave and emotionally resilient, they must be able to visualize a successful outcome and motivate their teams to fight through the setbacks and obstacles in order to achieve this success. All these require IT geeks to behave in ways outside of their comfort zone, and this book will equip IT geeks with leadership integration and stand out as leaders.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book provides geek leaders with resources to assist them to continually improve their leadership abilities, so all chapters are designed to coach an IT geek to learn to become a leader

In Chapter 1, Initiation, described the characteristics required to succeed as a geek leader. And in Chapter 2, Why Geek Leadership is Different, defined leadership role, and gave a good example of Bill Gates, also included a leadership Assessment Questionnaire that can help reader analyze and understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses

Then it leads to Chapter 3, Emotionally Intelligent Communications, which providing geek leaders with tools to improve their understanding of others and to help others understand them.

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About the Reviewer

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Johnny Gan, PMP

Texas, USA

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Johnny Gan had many years of software R&D experience at HRsmart.com (http://www.hrsmart.com/), and was working as consultant at Yoh (http://www.yoh.com/) Company, which he helps industry leading companies get superior value from their investments. Mr. Gan received his MS degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA, and is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP®). He has been an active member of PMI for several years. Johnny can be contacted at mailto:[email protected].

 

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