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People-Centric Project Management


PM WORLD BOOK REVIEW

People-centric-project-managementBook Title:     People-Centric Project Management

Authors:         Richard C. Bernheim
Publisher:      Multi Media Publishing Inc.
List Price:       List Price US$29.95
Format:           Hard cover; 155 pages
Publication Date:     2011
ISBN:              9781554891047
Reviewer:      Ira S. Barash
Review Date:              April 2013
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Introduction to the Book

Richard Bernheim, the author of the book, installed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for twenty years as a consultant.  He felt like he had a “front row seat in the challenging world of information technology Project Management.”  His book suggests that people, processes and technology cause most of the issues in an IT projects.  Bernheim concludes that people are the major cause of issues and may magnify process and technology issues because of conflicts.  With only minimal people conflicts, a high performing team can easily solve any issue.

Project managers need to be trained and become proficient at people (soft) skills to achieve success in projects.  Process and technical challenges can be overcome with cooperation of all the people on the project.

The success rate for IT projects is less than 50%.   The biggest cause for failure is people issues.  His feeling is that people lead, perform and support projects.  The people must put aside their personal agendas including likes and dislikes and work together closely as opposed to individually.  When people work together, the project goes well.  He lists a myriad of “people generated” reasons why a project can go bad including poor interpersonal skills and relationships; lack of communications in listening, speaking and writing; bad attitude; fear of change; loss of power; lack of understanding; cultural differences and so many more.  Overcoming these obstacles goes a long way to successful project outcomes.

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About the Reviewer

flag-usaira-barashIra Barash

North Texas, USA

Ira Barash is married and employed by VisionIT in a contractor role working at HP as a project manager. Previously, he worked for two years as a contractor at Capital One Financial through Strategic Staffing in the mortgage application and infrastructure areas.

Barash received his PMP (2012), a certificate (2007) in Project Management from the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas Dallas, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA – 1989) in Finance from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA – 1976) in Quantitative Analysis from the University of Cincinnati – Carl H. Lindner School of Business.

Currently, he is preparing to take the PMI-ACP certification exam.  He is the author of the paper, “Use of Agile with XP and Kanban Methodologies in the Same Project”, at the 7th Annual University of Texas Dallas Project Management Symposium in August 2013.  From 2010 to 2012, Barash was Volunteer Commissioner for City of Plano on Community Relations Committee.   He and his wife actively support the Plano (Texas) Symphony Orchestra through volunteering and financially by being a Virtuoso Member He is a member of the Project Manager Institute (PMI®), PMI Dallas Chapter and Toastmasters.

Passions are to be a terrific husband, have challenging work assignments, live a healthy lifestyle including traveling, exercise, writing and supporting of non-profits financially and by volunteering. He is on LinkedIn   http://www.linkedin.com/in/irabarashmba and may be contacted by email at [email protected]

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