Projects are People Too! A Guide to getting along so you can get some work done

PM WORLD Book Review 

pmwj25-aug2014-Hamer-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Projects are People Too! A Guide to getting along so you can get some work done
Author:  Faith Knight PMP, MSPM
Publisher:  Copy: Fresh, LLC
List Price:   US$12.95
Format:  soft cover; 129 pages
Publication Date:   December 2011
ISBN: 9780981619025
Reviewer:      John W. Hamer
Review Date:              July 2014

Introduction to the Book

This book addresses the soft skills of project management. The author asks you to recall some childhood memories of adult interaction. How did different family members treat people differently? Then, as an adult you would see those same differences in people you interact with in the workplace.

The purpose of the book is to get you to recognize those different personalities and provide suggestions on how to manage the situations that personality differences may present within your project team, as well as utilize motivation and team building to insure project success.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Each chapter starts with a piece of “Real World Advice” and follows each chapter with action items that serve as a summary of the key points of the chapter. The book’s chapters are arranged in a logical manner. First learn and discover the different personality types on your project team. This will help in getting the people and thus the project off to a good start. Further it challenges you to figure out what the team member’s agendas are as well as the project goals and objectives are. Then, match them as much as possible to the various tasks. This is the execution phase of the project.

Since there are not as many issues in dealing with goal oriented positive people, the book centers on issues management with the people and personalities that may detract from the overall project success.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Chapter 7 discusses Indirect Messaging. One key to managing people is to be aware of not only what is said, but what is not said. Rather than direct communication to the person intended, a message may be sent to another person knowing that eventually it will get to them. The author calls this Planting.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj25-aug2014-Hamer-IMAGE2 REVIEWERJohn W. Hamer flag-usa

Texas, USA

John Hamer has over twenty years’ experience successfully managing Domestic and International I.T. and Logistics Solutions projects for Major Telecommunications Companies and Manufacturers of Wireless Handsets. Projects have included deployments in the US, Mexico, Canada and Brazil for Nokia, AT&T, T-Mobile and Rogers Telecom. He currently serves as Supply Chain Manager for Goodman Networks; a network services company that designs, builds and maintains wireless networks. He has a BBA from the University of North Texas in Production and Operations Management and an MBA from the University of Dallas in Business Management.  John can be contacted at [email protected]

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