Book 2 - 101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them
by Tom Kendrick, 2011
As the title of the book suggests, author Tom Kendrick describes 101 Typical
Project Problems and suggests ways to solve them. As he says:
"When you're responsible for a project, things go wrong. Even if you're a skilled
veteran with a solid pan, things will happen that you least expect. And if you
are less experienced, there is a startling number of ways that your project can
get into trouble. Despite your best efforts and intentions, there are plenty of
problems and challenges that can - and often will - arise at any step from any
angle to derail your team's work.
What you need - right away - are field-proven fixes, practical answers to urgent
questions and simple strategies for navigating around the unforeseen obstacles
you'll encounter throughout your project.
You can put that dry, unhelpful tome of academic theory back on the shelf.
101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them shows you how
- Keep your project on track despite unavoidable interruptions
- Prevent unreliable outside collaborations from jeopardizing the entire project
- Manage project teams who have little or no project management experience
- Make up for lost time without cutting corners
- Succeed in the face of threatened budget cuts"
As most readers will know, on our web site we have assembled over 550 "Issacons"
- answers to questions that arise when you are starting and planning
a project. In a way, the objective of Tom's book is the corollary of Issacons;
with answers to the risk events that inevitable occur when you are doing
the project. In reviewing this book, we can say that we empathize with almost
all of Tom's recommendations - "been there done that"! Of course, what you actually
decide to do in your case depends on the particular project circumstance. Here,
in most cases, Tom also notes what your response "Depends on:" at the start of
each two-page recommendation.
All of Tom's recommendations are essentially "generic", so the contents will
be valuable to any project manager or leader in any area of project management
About the author
Tom Kendrick MBA, MSEE, PMP, is a project management consultant and former
project management executive for Hewlett-Packard and for Visa Inc. He has nearly
30 years of project management experience, managing a wide range of engineering,
information technology and networking projects. He has also directed projects
in the United States, Europe, and Asia for Visa Inc., General Electric, DuPont,
and ADP Network Services. He is also the author of several other books. He lives
in San Carlos, California and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T. 101 Project Management Problems and How to solve them, AMACOM, 2011,
8. "Issacons" is a word that we coined to stand for "Issues and
Considerations", see www.misol.cn/issacons/index.htm