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Radical Project Management Paperback – April 25, 2002

ISBN-13: 007-6092017288 ISBN-10: 0130094862 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (April 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130094862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130094865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Project management for today's complex, chaotic business environments.

  • XPM: the first radically new approach to project management in decades!
  • Designed from the ground up for today's high-speed, fast-changing projects
  • Refocusing project management focused on people, relationships, and adding value!
  • Innovative new XPM tools: how to make them work in your organization

Traditional project management doesn't work any more: it's inward-looking, static, and just can't respond to rapid, constant change. Radical Project Management looks outward to stakeholders, management, and clients—and thoroughly involves them from start to finish. Moreover, it assumes that everything will change—and defines a flexible, ongoing project management process that encompasses both project development and support. In this book, Rob Thomsett, one of the world's leading project management consultants, presents XPM from start to finish—and introduces every tool and technique you need to make it work in your organization.

  • Refocusing project management on what matters most: people, relationships, and adding value
  • 11 radically new rules for project managers to live by
  • Innovative new XPM tools, and how to use them
  • "Open Planning" and stakeholder ownership: the heart of successful project management
  • New XPM metrics and project-tracking techniques
  • Why project managers don't need to know the gory technical details
  • Detailed case studies: how XPM is enabling creative people to do truly great work

If you've always suspected there's a more agile, flexible, intelligent way to manage projects, you're right—and XPM is it. Discover for yourself, with the most authoritative, complete, useful XPM guide ever written: Radical Project Management by Rob Thomsett.

About the Author

ROB THOMSETT is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management and Business-IT Strategies Practices, a contributor to Cutter Consortium's Advisory Services, and director of The Thomsett Company. He has consulted in and taught project management since 1974. Over 20,000 professionals have attended his workshops in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Hong Kong, Italy, and Australia, and his radical approach to project management has been adopted by many major global organizations. Thomsett is author of People and Project Management and Third Wave Project Management, both from Prentice Hall PTR. Ed Yourdon has called him "one of the world's leading project management gurus."


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on May 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Five years ago I read the most insightful and inspiring book on project management I had ever seen. This was morbidly titled "Deathmarch" due to the proliferation of unrealistic projects that I.T. teams found themselves caught up in.
I have now found a new contender for my favourite book on the topic, in Radical Project Management by Rob Thomsett. Coincidentally, it is part of a series edited by Ed Yourdon, the author of Deathmarch!
This book is novel in its approach by embracing two key facts.
Firstly, project management is no longer a dry topic, best left to crusty managerial types. The modern I.T. professional needs to be all of network guru, web developer, database administrator, software developer and, of course, project manager. Hence, even the most hands-on techie has to grip this topic!
Secondly, traditional project management methodologies are losing relevance in today's wired world where the only constant factor is change.
Thomsett argues that such practices are inward-looking and static. Conversely, his "Radical" philosophy looks outward, embracing stakeholders, management and end-users, seeking to involve them in the project's development from conception to implementation.
This is what Thomsett means by calling his philosophy "radical" - it departs from tradition. The term also, to my mind, plays on the "RAD" - Rapid Application Development - paradigm that boosted languages like Delphi and Visual Basic into the limelight. RAD languages also sought to involve end-users in the creative development process by allowing the rapid construction of functional prototypes.
Of course, a mere philosophy by itself is insufficient (consider the USSR!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J Pieters on June 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Finally a practical project management book that goes beyond Gannt charts, time lines or budgets. I have already found it useful in finding out why and where some of my projects went wrong and the lessons I can learn for the future.
Thomsett has added principles to project management that have often been talked about, but that are rarely (and effectively) applied; for example quality, realisation of business objectives, distinction between project objectives and solutions.
This is not just a book for project managers; anybody who is involved in projects in some way or another (business analysts, HR professionals, people who commission projects) will get a better understanding of what it takes to deliver projects successfully.
And if you're a movie fanatic - you'll love the references to some great classics.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2004
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This book loses its momentum by focusing on jargon and buzzwords intead of clear and solid points. The effort of reading this book is not a complete loss - there are some good suggestions and models, but any of Gerald Weinbergs books are shorter and better reads with 10x less pretension and unnecessary complexity.
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By Pieter G on December 5, 2012
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Writing this review somewhat historically as I initially purchased this about 8 years.
I enjoyed the first reading with some step-change thinking on progressing beyond incremental phased approached (especially for 2004 period) where I review this book from time to time as a refresher.
Although I still encounter people doing projects who prefer the Waterfall approach, who would definitely benefit by reading and understanding this well worn book.
Cheers
Pieter
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2002
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I just spent three days in a workshop with Robert Thomsett. He is an amazing speaker and overall great guy. The workshop was based on this book and, even though I haven't yet finished, I feel safe in saying that this book is perfect for anyone wanting a better understanding of project management. I am in the IT business but feel that the tools given here are applicable across the board. If possible, I also highly recommend attending one of the workshops - it was by far the best I have attended and would have been willing to sit there for another week just to pick his brain.
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