Book: Commitment: Novel about Managing Project Risk

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This graphic business novel brings the Real Options model in a unique and understandable format, by explaining theories in a way only Sequential Art can.

Via Rose Randall, the main character of this unique graphic business novel, the reader is introduced to the challenges a project manager faces. Rose Randall is the archetypical reluctant project manager. Following a painful project failure years ago, Rose's life is cast into chaos when she is once again thrown into the role against her wishes. Faced with a struggling project, help comes from an unexpected source guiding Rose in the direction of Real Options.

When you have read Commitment, you:

understand what the Real Options model is;
can apply the Real Options model to manage project risks successfully;
understand why much of your life involves options that you currently are treating as commitments;
see the world through a different filter opening up many new possibilities;
understand the difference between Commitments and Options.

Because the book will:

provide specific examples of how a project can manage its risks using the Real Options model;
outline a simple technique for making decisions;
make you aware of all the decisions you make every day;
build your confidence in your ability to decide when to commit and when to leave options open.

In short, this book is indispensable for new and experienced project managers plus anyone else who is interested in knowing more about managing large projects.

Published: January 31, 2016
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Book: Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in Your Project Portfolio

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Does your organization value and rank projects based on estimation? Except for the shortest projects, estimation is often wrong. You don’t realize the value you planned when you wanted. How can you finish projects in time to realize their potential value? Instead of estimation, consider using cost of delay to evaluate and rank projects. Cost of delay accounts for ways projects get stuck: multitasking, other projects not releasing on time, work queuing behind experts, excessive attention to code cleanliness, and management indecision to name several. Once you know about cost of delay, you can decide what to do about it. You can stop the multitasking. You can eliminate the need for experts. You can reduce the number of projects and features in progress. You can use cost of delay to rank projects and work in your organization. Learn to use cost of delay to make better decisions for your project, program, or project portfolio.

Published: April 27, 2016
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Book: NoEstimates: How To Measure Project Progress Without Estimating

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How to always be on time, and not risk missing important deadlines or go over budget

This book is the result of many years of hard work, and plenty of lessons learned. I wrote it because I believe we can do better than the accepted "status quo" in the software industry.

It took me years to learn what I needed to learn to come up with my version of the #NoEstimates approach. You can do it in weeks!

The techniques and ideas described here will help you explore the #NoEstimates universe in a very practical and hands-on manner. You will walk through Carmen's story. Carmen is a senior, very experienced project manager who is now confronted with a very difficult project. One would say, an impossible project.

Through the book, and with the help of Herman, Carmen discovers and slowly adopts #NoEstimates which helps her turn that project around. Just like I expect it will help with the project you are in right now. The book also includes many concrete approaches you can use to adopt #NoEstimates, or just adopt those practices on their own.

Published: June 13, 2016
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Book: The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

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Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice, both for readers already familiar with his work and for readers discovering it for the first time.

The added chapters contain (1) a crisp condensation of all the propositions asserted in the original book, including Brooks' central argument in The Mythical Man-Month: that large programming projects suffer management problems different from small ones due to the division of labor; that the conceptual integrity of the product is therefore critical; and that it is difficult but possible to achieve this unity; (2) Brooks' view of these propositions a generation later; (3) a reprint of his classic 1986 paper "No Silver Bullet"; and (4) today's thoughts on the 1986 assertion, "There will be no silver bullet within ten years."

Published: August 12, 1995
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Book: Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of Project Behavior

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Most developers, testers, and managers on IT projects are pretty good at recognizing patterns of behavior and gut-level hunches, as in, I sense that this project is headed for disaster.

But it has always been more difficult to transform these patterns and hunches into a usable form, something a team can debate, refine, and use. Until now.

In Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies, the six principal consultants of The Atlantic Systems Guild present the patterns of behavior they most often observe at the dozens of IT firms they transform each year, around the world.

The result is a quick-read guide to identifying nearly ninety typical scenarios, drawing on a combined one-hundred-and-fifty years of project management experience. Project by project, you'll improve the accuracy of your hunches and your ability to act on them.

Published: March 28, 2008
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