Personal Effectiveness in Project Management

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj30-Jan2015-Murphy-BOOK COVERBook Title: Personal Effectiveness in Project Management
Author: Zachary Wong, Ph.D.
Publisher: Project Management Institute
List Price:   US$34.95
Format: softcover; 207 pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 9780814408759
Reviewer:      Dan Murphy
Review Date:            December 2014


Upon first seeing a copy of this book, I was intrigued by the subtitle: “Tools, Tips, and Strategies to improve your decision-making, motivation, confidence, risk-taking, achievement, and sustainability.

What project manager doesn’t want to be a better leader, make better decisions, achieve greater goals, and do so time after time, project after project? Without question, a successful project manager has command of those reasonably well-defined skills such as project planning, requirements definition, resource allocation, cost control, and risk identification and mitigation, and strives for improvement in all those areas.

To complement those skills, this text aims to help the reader understand their own human factors –what makes them unique, what their values are, their areas of influence, their attitude and outlook, their own goals and objectives. From that understanding comes a greater ability to make the right decisions, to motivate teams, and to set and achieve goals that lead to personal and professional success.

Overview of Book’s Structure

In the first chapter, the author provides an exposition of the text and presents a framework for managing what are often referred to as “soft” skills. He calls this framework the “personal effectiveness cycle” and describes the four functions in this cycle as decision-making, motivation, achievement, and sustainability. Each of these four functional areas is supported by two “human factors”:


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About the Reviewer

pmwj30-Jan2015-Murphy-REVIEWERDan Murphy flag-usa

Beaverton, Oregon

Dan Murphy, PMP, is a project manager with over 10 years of experience leading teams to develop and introduce high-performance electronic components in a manufacturing environment.

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