Project Management Leadership, Building Creative Teams


pmwj26-sep2014-Lissit-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Project Management Leadership, Building Creative Teams
Authors:  Rory Burke and Steve Barron
Publisher:  John Wiley and Sons
List Price:   US $40.00
Format:  Soft cover, 384 pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 9781118674017
Reviewer:      Scott Lissit, PMP
Review Date:              August 2014

Purpose:  A comprehensive guide to the human side of project management, with a goal to help one master the fundamental knowledge needed to become a project leader.

Audience:  Project managers who are interested in understanding and applying the principles of leadership on their projects in order to improve team performance and results; teachers of project management skills.

Availability:  Widely distributed, also available as an e-book


Are leaders born or made?  This is one of the age-old questions still being debated today.  While this book isn’t going to give a definitive answer, it does provide a comprehensive introduction to the skills needed by project managers to lead projects effectively.  So in that respect the book clearly takes a position that leadership can indeed be learned and eventually mastered in a project setting.

The book focuses on the personal skills needed to lead teams successfully.  This topic is of particular interest to me because it goes beyond the basic PM tool box (schedules, project plans, etc) and gets to the heart of what really matters on projects – inspiring team members to do their best. It also differentiates between leadership skills and management skills (Chapter 10), and discusses how to move between them to achieve the balance needed on projects.

One of the interesting facets of the book is the international flavor provided by the two authors, who have experience in Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the USA.  They include references and definitions throughout the book from the APM BoK (the Association of Project Managers Body of Knowledge) from the UK, in addition to the PMBOK.  This adds new perspectives and definitions beyond those typically seen by project managers in the US.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj26-sep2014-Lissit-IMAGE2-REVIEWERScott Lissit, PMPflag-usa

Portland, Oregon, USA

Scott Lissit, PMP is a Senior Project Manager at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in Oregon, USA, under contract from David Evans & Associates, where he manages large engineering projects.  Scott has been a PMP since 2005.

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