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9781118144244 cover.inddBook Title:    Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World
Author:  Bonnie Biafore and Teresa Stover
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price:   $44.99 USA     Format:  Soft Cover, 504 pages
Publication Date:   2012     ISBN: 978-1-118-14424-4
Reviewer:     Charlie Green, PMP
Review Date:   August 2016

 


Introduction

Recently, when I was looking for my next book to read, I happened to see one whose title with the word “coach” in it caught my attention.  I picked up the book and quickly scanned through the pages and I liked what I saw.  It appeared to go deeper and provide some actual suggestions or coaching on the different project management topics. I found that the authors went deeper that just providing the concepts, but also provided some real examples and pitfalls to watch out for.

If a book doesn’t grab my attention, I lose interest quickly and won’t finish reading it or recommend it.  This one did grab my attention and I read it from cover to cover.   I do recommend Your Project Management Coach: Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is broken into six parts with each part having multiple chapters.  Part I, Understanding Projects and Project Management, goes into defining what a project is, the components of a project and some characteristics of a project manager.

Part II, Planning a Project, goes into detail explaining project planning and all of the components that can go into a project plan. As a bonus, the authors have created project forms and artifacts that they explain and use as examples throughout the book and provide a link that a reader can download to modify and use on their own projects.

Part III, goes into details of executing a project.  They give information and suggestions on obtaining project resources, kicking off the project, team building, managing resources and how to have successful project meetings.  Part IV, is on Monitoring and Controlling the project.  Here they explain the importance of gathering project data and keeping an eye on it and how to make corrections as needed.

The Part V, Closing the Project, discusses wrapping up and closing a project, obtaining customer acceptance, and making sure everything is closed out and archived for future reference.  They also share reasons why it is important to capture lessons learned all the way through the project instead of waiting until the end of the project.  Part VI, Taking the Next Steps, discusses Project Management Offices, Project Portfolios and how to select the right projects.

Highlights

At the end of each chapter the authors ask some questions to get the reader to think about what they have read and to make sure the reader comprehended the material just shared.  These are not multiple choice questions, but the reader really needs to think and make sure they understood.  At the back of the book is a section that provides answers to each question throughout the book.

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About the Reviewer

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Charlie Green, PMP

Dallas, TX, USA

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Charlie Green has worked as a project manager since 1985.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He also holds a Project Management Professional certification.  He currently manages software implementation projects in the financial services industry.  Previously he has managed new product, business process improvement, business intelligence and system development projects in the financial, telecommunications, information technology industries and military.  Charlie is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve following a 26 year Air Force career.  Charlie is a member of the Dallas, Texas PMI Chapter.

Charlie can be contacted at [email protected].

 

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