Top-Gun Project Managers; 8 Strategies for Reaching the Top of the PM Profession


topgun-project-managersBook Title: Top-Gun Project Managers; 8 Strategies for Reaching the Top of the PM Profession

Author: Richard Morreale

Publisher: Multi-Media Publications Inc.

List Price: US$29.95

Format: soft cover; 188 pages

Publication Date:  2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-55489-113-9

Reviewer: Al Vasquez, PMP

Review Date:  November 2012

Introduction to the Book

This book is a tutorial of how to apply the knowledge obtained as part of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification process and from previous project management experience.  While it is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), it goes broader into how to apply those principles in real-world projects. 

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into 9 general sections:

  1. Successful Project Background
  2. Strategy 1 – Know Your Outcome
  3. Strategy 2 – Plan the Achievement
  4. Strategy 3 – Organize for Success
  5. Strategy 4 – Gain and Maintain Commitment
  6. Strategy 5 – Take Massive Action
  7. Strategy 6 – Monitor and Control Achievement
  8. Strategy 7 – Stay Focused
  9. Strategy 8 – Have Fun

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

The material covered in this book is very consistent with PMBOK guide. It provides a high level review of project management topics.

Highlights: What I liked!

Richard Morreale has the rare ability to roll the PMBOK standards into a practical approach for project management.  An ability like this is uncommon and few are the individuals that can pull it off.  It requires:

  • Significant real life project management experience.
  • Intimate knowledge of project management norms, methods, processes and practices.
  • Ability to break down the experiences into individual elements of project management norms, methods, processes and practices.
  • Ability to analyze what did and did not work.
  • Present observations/recommendations in laymen’s terms, irrelevant of PM background.


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About the Reviewer

Al Vasquez, Captain US Navy (Retired)

M.S. System Technology, PMP

Born and raised in Texas, Al Vasquez received a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship and was then commissioned into the U.S. Navy where he served for 26 years and retired as a Captain. Primarily assigned to ships at sea, Al received a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology and served in multiple Department of Defense Project and Program Manager assignments in WashingtonD.C.  A designated Space Systems Architect and Space Plans Policy expert, Al’s final Navy challenge was as a project manager for the Navy enterprise-level Y2K office.  Upon retirement, Al became, and still is, a VP Operations for a Dallas-based technology and communications company.  He is a certified PMP.  Email:  [email protected]

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