Managing Stakeholder Expectations For Project Success


pmwj20-mar2014-mehrooz-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Managing Stakeholder Expectations For Project Success
Author:  Ori Schibi, PMP
Publisher:  J. Ross
Format:  Hard cover; 332 pages    List Price:   $59.95
Publication Date:   2014     ISBN: 978-1-60427-086-0
Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP
Review Date:            February 2014

Introduction to the Book

There are many project management books which offer templates, toolkits, concepts and mechanics of project management.  The focus of this book is to share the best practices and concepts which PMs face on a day-to-day basis.  It serves as a good reference book to help a PM tackle situations based on the author’s experiences after 20 years of project management consulting, teaching and professional development.

This book supports the concepts from PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) but focuses more on how to leverage those concepts in context of organizational challenges and project realities.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 13 chapters:

  1. The (Sad) Reality of Project Management
  2. Project Complexity and Readiness Assessment
  3. Culture and Politics:  The Organization’s Pillars and Speed Bumps
  4. Understanding Stakeholders and What They Want
  5. Connecting Success and Constraints
  6. Assumptions: The Project Manager’s Best Friends
  7. Managing Those Things That Make a Difference
  8. Managing Risk Effectively: What’s Missing from Current Risk Management Methodologies
  9. Learn What Quality Means
  10. Managing Project Change
  11. Designing and Managing Project Communications
  12. Organizational Influences
  13. Integration: Putting It All Together

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The book focuses on recognizing simple human behavioral characteristics and applying them against the reality of your projects

Relevant, applicable, realistic and addressing specific needs on projects based on today’s reality of organizational challenges

Each chapter addresses real life situations encountered in organizations and provides excellent guidance on how to handle it based on best industry practices.  It serves as a great reference book of lessons learned which is applicable to most industries. 


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About the Reviewer

flag-usaNazanin-MehroozNazanin Mehrooz, PMP 

North Texas, USA 

Nazanin Mehrooz started her career as a software engineer and is a certified project manager with over 5 years of PM experience in telecom, manufacturing and transportation industries. As a program manager, she successfully managed a suite of related software projects during the full SDLC utilizing waterfall and agile methodologies.  Nazanin’s technical background as a software engineer and global IT functional manager provides a solid foundation for effectively leading project development, delivery and operational phases.  She enjoys networking and applying her soft skills to build and manage productive happy teams. Nazanin is an active volunteer for the PMI Dallas Chapter marketing team and has served as the PMI Fort Worth Chapter email operations manager since 2012. Email: [email protected] 

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