Leading Project – Driven Change

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj27-oct2014-Freeland-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title: Leading Project – Driven Change
Author: Richard C. Bernheim
Publisher: Multi-Media
List Price:   $29.95
Format: soft cover; 174 pages
Publication Date:  2011
ISBN: ISBN –13: 978-1-55489-115-3
Reviewer:      Newton Freeland
Review Date:            August, 2014

Introduction to the Book

The purpose of the book is to provide guiding principles for managing project-driven changes. The book is story-driven with the principles pulled from the stories.

The principles are good but I found that the space between the stories and the principles made them hard to correlate. I believe that the stories would be more effective if questions and principles followed each story. The lessons learned, chapter 6, was a good summary.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The organization of the book is story-driven with principles pulled from the stories.

The author begins with five short stories. He then, starting on p 83 (listed as p 81 in the TOC) has a short lessons learned section on each story.

This is followed by the second part which is a series of discussions of the author’s guiding principles regarding leading project-driven change.

He then follows this with a longer illustrative story along with the lessons learned, a summary of the book, a chapter of quotations and a short chapter on Project versus Change Management.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

Tying principles in support of the subject to stories is potentially a good technique. As mentioned earlier, the organization, in my opinion, made the correlation a little weak. 


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About the Reviewer

pmwj27-oct2014-Freeland-IMAGE2 REVIEWERButch Freelandflag-usa

North Texas, USA

Newton (Butch) Freeland’s background includes US Naval Flight Officer – E-2C operations and T&E, Airborne systems test, systems engineering, business development, international border security and Project management for the past 28 years. Systems have included UAV, E- 2C, SATCOM, Austrailian P-3 weapons upgrade, SeaVue radar, Ukraine border security, and DEA aircraft sensor and communications modifications.

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