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pmwj36-Jul2015-Marques-BOOKBook Title:   Real Project Management: The skills and capabilities you WILL need for successful project delivery
Author: Peter Taylor
Publisher: Kogan Page
List Price:   $37.95 
Format: Soft Cover; 226 pages
Publication Date:   2015    
ISBN: 978-0-7494-7121-7
Reviewer:     Alex Marques, PMP, EMBA
Review Date: June 2015

 


Introduction

The author provides an easy-to-read book about the past, present and future state of project management. This book can be considered a “cheat sheet” for how to survive the complex landscape we are facing today.

The great point about this book is the possibility to be read not only by experienced project managers that want to understand new challenges and learn up-to-date best practices, but also can be read by the new generations who want to understand project management history in order to avoid mistakes of the past.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into 5 parts:

Part 1 – Legacy
Part 2 – Challenges
Part 3 – Multi-generations
Part 4 – The future
Part 5 – Tips for success

Highlights

An important message that this book leaves to the reader is that the contributions provided by the “accidental” project managers are greatly appreciated, nevertheless there will not be space for this kind of behavior in the future.

In order to work in any project management capacity in the new job market, it will require from any professional ongoing training which can come from formal education or open resources currently available on the internet, as well as mastery of soft skills that were not important in the past, that however due to cultural diversity and virtualization can be the difference between project success or failure.

Another interesting aspect of the book is that all the discussed topics come with good support information such as graph charts (Chapter 2 – “Is Everyone a Project Manager”), comments and thoughts (Chapter 16 – “Language and Reality”) and stories (Chapter 10 – “Strategic Connection”).

Highlights: What I liked!

I really liked the form the author provided for his project management experience through 2 tools called Real Project Management tips and Virtual Mentor. They gave me the option for gaining knowledge which could be used immediately without a full read of the chapter based on my schedule.

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About the Reviewer

pmwj36-Jul2015-Marques-PHOTOAlex Marques

Brazil & USA

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Alex Marques, PMP, is Consulting Manager at Amdocs, Inc. and owner of Marques Counseling & Coaching, which has the main goal to help customers not only to plan, but also to execute their financial, career and life goals in a more holistically manner.

Alex earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology for FATEC-BS (Santos, Brazil) and Master’s Degree for FGV (Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Campinas, Brazil) in Business and Information Technology. He has over 20 years’ experience on successful project implementation, mentoring and training initiatives in several countries.

Alex has been PMP certified since 2008 working in partnership with PMI Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters as former Director of Non Profit Organizations, company RCC (Registered Company Coordinator), event speaker and also as a Mentee Coordinator. Email address: [email protected]

 

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