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My Life Is Failure: 100 Things You Should Know to Be a Better Project Leader Paperback – August 30, 2006

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Editorial Reviews


Great read and very valuable information. Also check out "The Public Execution of Miss Scarlet" - a book by the same author. --Jim Crear, IT Manager, IRobot

Compelling, practical and truthfully scary --Pauline Nist, VP Engineering, Penguin Computing

A must for anyone involved in developing software and managing projects --Ellen Hancock, Former CTO of Apple Computer

About the Author

Mr. James (Jim) H. Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 30 years and has a long list of published papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on transactional middleware, as well as project and system failures. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through virtual focus groups and case-based analytical technology.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Standish Group International (August 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424308410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424308415
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ruffh2o on March 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This project management book is structured as a group of ten lessons, intended to provide an overview of project management stumbling blocks, and enable the user to increase the likelihood of project success. However, the subpoints ultimately become repetitive or seem to be stretching the concept.

The most valuable part of the book is the conclusion, which offers an overview of the lessons but also includes the author's "5 deadly sins" and "7 dwarfs" (sic) (or success factors) for project management. One wishes that more of the text was devoted to an expanded discussion of these concepts.

Although this text focuses heavily on software/IT projects, the principles contained within are broadly defined and can be applied to any project. The author essentially provides the reader with a list of generic project management risks, and the book may serve best as an adjunct resource for those who already have a library of traditional construction project management books, and who are willing to spend this much on book that is palpably self-promotional.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book offers very helpful advice on project management. The author is the founder and chairman of the Standish Group. This organization publishes the oft-quoted statistics on the rate of software project failures. (The percent of failures is very high.) The book offers pointers in 10 categories. I frequently refer to the book to check whether I am managing a project properly.

This is not a how-to-guide. It does not tell you how to build a project plan or track a budget. But the advice is excellent. It is also a good place to get the 2004 project failure statistics.
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