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Projects are People Too!

Book Title:  Projects are People Too!
Author:  Faith Knight
Publisher:  Fresh, LLC, Lithonia, Georgia, USA
List Price: US$12.95
Publication Date: December 2011
ISBN: 10618622r00078
Reviewer: Chinwe F. Awolesi
Review Date: April 2012

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Introduction to the Book

PROJECTS ARE PEOPLE TOO! is a concise handbook for managing the human resources in a project and program. It provides a guide to project team relationship management from both a consulting and internal (within the project organization) project perspective. With references to comprehensive proven techniques, principles and tools for peoples management, the nine chapters of the book provides an in-depth insight into the importance of understanding the different personalities that make up project teams; how to determine the most efficient way to communicate with and motivate project team members; as well as anticipate possible areas of conflict so as to plan ahead on how to negotiate and mitigate the impacts these conflicts can have on overall project success.

Usually, the Project Manager’s focus is on the scheduled project task that needs to be completed on time and within budget. The book brings focus to managing the individual that is responsible for delivering a project task in addition to the project task. This vital focus on the personality performing a project task enables the Project Manager to realistically identify risks associated with project roles on time so as to exploit or mitigate to the project’s advantage.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured into nine chapters plus the usual introduction and bibliography. Each chapter begins with a quoted real world advice and ends with action points aimed at ensuring that the reader has taken notes of areas of improvement and develops an action plan on how to realize the improvement.

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER

Chinwe Francisca Awolesi

Awolesi Chinwe Francisca, fondly called Fran by colleagues, has been managing projects in the financial industry for over 8 years. She holds an MBA degree with specialization in Project Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a first degree in computer science.  Fran has spent 18 years in the Information Technology servicing the financial sector which includes banks of various sizes. The first 10 years of her career was spent in the banking industry in various positions; as developer, systems analyst, business analyst and then as project leads for software implementation and support projects.  As the Projects Director of SOFGEN Africa Limited, she is responsible for the overall delivery of SOFGEN projects in the continent. Her scope of project delivery covers implementation and support of IT solutions for core banking operations, ERP, Credit Risk Management and mobile banking solutions.  Fran is a Certified Project Manager (PMP); member of Project Management institute (PMI), as well as a certified ITSM Expert (ITIL V3 Manager). She can be contacted at [email protected].

Editor’s note:  This book review is the result of cooperation between publishers, PM World Inc. and the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas in the United States (http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/executive-degree-programs/project-management/).  Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to UTD where they are given to faculty, graduate students or alumni for review; the reviewer provides a book review in a standard format; the reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Since reviewers are normally mid-career professionals, they represent the intended audience for most PM books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].