My Review

Project management at its best!

By gregorywest from sarnia, ontario, canada on 9/2/2011

 

4out of 5

Pros: Well-written, Helpful examples, Easy to understand

Best Uses: Expert, Intermediate

Describe Yourself: Educator, Developer, Designer, Computer Group or other

“How”, is author Scott Berkun’s favorite word and it shows throughout this book. Whenever he sees something new the first word comes out: “how”. Berkun’s roles, while working at Microsoft, included: Internet Explorer 1.0 to 5.0, Windows, MSN as well as a lead program manager. So, it is no wonder Scott Berkun makes this book happen.

“Making Things Happen” is sectioned into three parts: Plans, Skills, and Management. It is an easy read and it seems like Berkun is speaking directly to you, while in the office or on site. This book is designed for “experienced team leaders”, “new team leaders and managers” and “individual programmers, testers or other contributors”. It demonstrates various proven management principles to any group looking for productivity, leadership, and how to make it all work. Berkun is correct when he says this book “combines business theory, psychology, management tactics, design processes, and software engineering”, giving advice in every chapter.

Each chapter ends with a summation of key points for review. There are “Exercises” along with summations that can be easily applied within your group setting or on your own. These exercises are designed to create situations stimulated from the information in the chapter, giving you a sense of real time action. This is a great way for team players to act out or plan for the next project, using the techniques from each chapter.

This book is about about managing groups and projects. I am involved with several different types of groups, some having nothing to do with technology, and the methods found within this book can easily be adapted to any one of my various groups.

This book is written for people who like to “skim” ahead, browse and/or dig in for a specific task or problem to plan and commit. If you have a specific management task to work out in a group setting, or if you want success using project management techniques, this book is a must.

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