Top Gun Project Managers


pmwj34-May2015-Rojak-BOOKBook Title: Top Gun Project Managers
Author: Richard Morreale
Publisher: Multi-media Publications
List Price:   US$29.95
Format: soft cover; 188 pages
Publication Date:  2011
ISBN: 9781554891139
Reviewer:     Stephen Rojak
Review Date: April 2015


Introduction to the Book

We have an ever-greater amount of information on how to do the hard skills components of project management: the planning, the organizing, the thirteen knowledge areas. Why, then, do we still have the problems we do?

Richard Morreale invites us to refocus ourselves. Yes, the hard skills are necessary — but not sufficient. They are openers: they let you enter the game, but they are not enough to win. The book presents the elements that, from his experience, can lift a project manager from entrant to winner.

Overview of Book’s Structure

In the first chapter, Morreale presents his statement of the problem he is writing to solve. He enumerates and discusses nine reasons that he has found to commonly cause projects to be unsuccessful.

The second chapter provides a decomposition of what he finds to be the elements of project success. It is the framework for the rest of the book.

The remaining chapters explain the details of eight strategies to make the difference between successful and typical project management.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

When we talk about issues such as soft skills and tradeoffs, many people will object that there is not much new to cover. But then, why do we have the results that we do? Sometimes, presenting issues in a different way can reach a person where previous attempts have not done so.


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About the Reviewer


pmwj34-May2015-Rojak-PHOTOStephen Rojak, PMP

North Texas, USA



Stephen Rojak is an experienced software developer and manager, with experience in the manufacturing, retail, marketing services, digital media and computer software industries. He is also an economist and historian. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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