A valuable "non-project manager" must at least command influence within the company to be an effective shepherd.
Managers often find themselves placed in the role of project managers (PMs), but they don't have the right skills to succeed at the job. Sometimes they miss critical steps because they lack insight into PM methodology. In the book "Project Management for Non-Project Managers" (Amacom/Available in April), author Jack Ferraro provides insight to guide individuals who are managing projects without PM training find their way. Ferraro examines 10 classic errors that non-project managers make and offers tips on how to avoid them. "When functioning managers become project management-aware," Ferraro explains, "they can better participate in project planning sessions ... and recognize when project teams are wasting precious time and resources." Ferraro is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and founder and president of MyProjectAdvisor, a project management consultancy. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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