1. Don’t Think You Have All the Answers Instead, understand how to direct teams to those answers.
Unrealistic expectations. Impossible deadlines. Fickle managers. No wonder big projects stress everyone out. A certain amount of tension is to be expected, given that only one-third of IT projects are considered successful and one-quarter get canceled before they’re completed. So why add to the excitement? In the book, No-Drama Project Management: Avoiding Predictable Problems for Project Success (Apress/available now), author Bart Gerardi focuses on the human side of projects, from top-level managers to the folks in the trenches. Relationships, it seems, are as important as technology. “People have likened being a project manager to being one part professional bull fighter, one part air-traffic controller, one part toddler daycare director, and one part therapist,” he writes. Gerardi is a veteran program manager in the e-commerce industry. For more about the book,
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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