Playing the Project Manager



New book by Charles Smith helps project managers understand and create the on stage performances that come with the role

2 November 2014 – London, UK – Playing the Project Manager is the title of a short new book authored by Charles Smith and published in the United Kingdom by projectcraft.org.  Charles is also the author of Making Sense of Project Realities previously published by Gower.

141102-pmwj29-playing-BOOKPlaying the Project Manager is written for practising managers, to help them understand their performances as managers, and how they may advance their capabilities and their careers. Discover how managers acquire their authority, their power to deal with challenging situations, to speak out, and to lead the way forward. Learn what it takes to appear as a credible and coherent player on the project stage, and how to perform the archetypes – six standard modes for playing the project manager.

The understandings revealed are founded on stories related by managers, telling us what real people actually do in difficult project situations, and are exemplified throughout the book using examples from those stories.

According to the author: “Understanding project manager identities is my private research initiative to generate a better understanding of the possibilities for project manager identities – the diverse ways there are of being and acting as a professional in the world of projects. My concern is that mainstream project management thinking acknowledges only one form of identity: the idealised Project Manager applying the tools of the trade in a supposedly ‘objective’ manner to the single end of meeting project requirements.

The purpose of this research is to inform personal learning and educational programmes. An enriched understanding of what it means to be a professional in the project world can in turn enhance the awareness of individuals learning to perform roles, and making development and career choices in this field.”

Charles Smith has been researching project management over the last ten years. He has over 30 years’ experience in the engineering and financial services industries, holding management and consulting positions in engineering design, structural dynamics, safety and risk management, project management and organisation change. Originally qualifying as an engineer, Charles also has a degree in psychology, and is a Founder Member of the Association for Business Psychology.

For more information, visit http://projectcraft.org.uk/

Editor’s note: this is an interesting and highly entertaining book, by a very experienced researcher into the psychology of project management. It’s also dirt cheap, available from Amazon here.