The Influential Project Manager – Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders


pmwj40-Nov2015-Barnett-BOOKBook Title:   The Influential Project Manager – Winning Over Team Members and Stakeholders
Author: Alfonso Bucero, MSc, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI Fellow
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price:   $49.95
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publication Date:   July 2014
ISBN: 13-978-1-4665-9633-7
Reviewer:     Larry Barnett, PMP
Review Date: October 2015


Author and PMP, Alfonso Bucero shares key insights through a compelling story for Project Managers (PMs), from first-timers to seasoned professionals. Bucero uses situations many PMs are likely to encounter. Project teams on the edge, disconnected (or overzealous!) managers, undependable sponsors, and other, even hostile, environments.

The Influential Project Manager gets to the heart of the soft skills that seem critical for project management. The author shows why persuasion might not hold a candle to influence, though they seem synonymous. He details why certain soft “influencing” skills are important—and achievable—for a disciplined PM. This book gets practical, with step-by-step, “How-To” methods for developing these skills.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The Influential Project Manager is framed around the story of a horse and how that horse has value…but only with proper handling.

Part I: Training a Better Horse

The ten chapters in Part I cover the “nuts and bolts” of developing soft skills. These skills include active listening, developing trust and integrity, formulating strategies, showing generosity, understanding people, and more. The author ties them all together, skillfully and in the context of project management, under the umbrella of influence.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj40-Nov2015-Barnett-PHOTOLarry Barnett, PMP

North Texas, USA



Larry Barnett
has broad experience in information technology, IT Project Management, Business Analysis, and Solution Development and Delivery. His work experience covers a variety of industries, most recently, the Energy industry and Paper & Forest Products. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, from Texas Tech University. Larry is a member of the Project Management Institute, Dallas Chapter, having acquired PMP certification in 2015.

Email address: [email protected]


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