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"You can take the long, hard road to your dreams, or you can accelerate your success by grabbing a copy of Kimberly Wiefling's Scrappy Project Management and following the rock-solid advice there to achieving results with more pleasant surprises and fewer disappointing shocks along the way. Whether you're on the hook to deliver results for your company or you're getting your business off the ground, you'll learn a lot and avoid some common pitfalls by reading this book." - Christine Comaford-Lynch, CEO of Mighty Ventures, author of Rules for Renegades
Hi, I'm Kimberly Wiefling, Founder and President of my own consulting business, Wiefling Consulting, Executive Editor of the Scrappy GuidesTM, and the Author of Scrappy Project Management: The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces, growing in popularity around the world and published in Japanese by Nikkei Business Press. The biggest compliment that anyone has ever paid me is that I am a "force of nature." Actually, I'm not sure they meant it in a positive way--they certainly could have been referring to destructive forces like hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and the like. Nevertheless, Mother Nature is one of my favorite gal pals, and I'm pleased to be associated with her in this way.
My dad was a welder, my brothers were both welders, and, if I had been born a boy, I probably would have been a welder, too! But, as luck would have it, I grew up in a time when girls weren't encouraged to be welders. So I went to college instead, earning a B.S. in chemistry and physics and an M.S. in physics. But don't be so quick to write me off, 'cause I've got marketable skills, too! For example, I earned a marksman's ribbon while in the U.S. Air Force right after high school (I used my GI Bill money to pay for college), where I learned to repair electronics equipment. And I spent ten years working at HP in various engineering and technical jobs, including one that involved a long stretch of explosion testing and other destructive testing of lovingly iii handcrafted one-of-a-kind R&D prototypes. (My motto was, "When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight--bring it to me!")
I got bored with all of the stability and job security of HP, so I quit and joined a series of failed startups (not all my fault!) and then started my own consulting company during the dot-com bust of 2001--not exactly the most hospitable environment in which to launch a business. I lurched fitfully forward for three long years before my big break came--a chance to work in Japan with my Japanese "sister" Yuko Shibata of ALC Education, Inc. starting up their Global Management Consulting Group. In typical Silicon Valley style, I've helped to start, run, and grow about a dozen small businesses, some of which are still in business and profitable. My clients include Cisco Systems, Symantec, Intuit, HP, Agilent Technologies, Mazda, Daiichi Sankyo, Dow Corning Toray, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the University of California, Siemens, Hitachi, Alcoa, Xerox PARC, NECsoft, NTT DoCoMo, and many more.
More than half of my consulting work is with globalizing Japanese companies, and I've traveled to Japan over 100 times to deliver intensive workshops that enable participants to achieve what seems impossible but is merely difficult. (That's my specialty!) These global leaders emerge from these programs with new eyes to see the opportunities in which we are all swimming, a global mindset, and the determination to solve global problems profitably--for their companies and for the sake of all the people of the world. It's like a dream come true for me, and my experiences have ranged from hilarious to deeply moving.
In pursuit of planetary transformation, I'm contributing to making the world a better place in a number of ways. I'm the facilitator of the Sustainable Silicon Valley board of directors, and the founding co-chair of the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Special Interest Group (EL SIG). I'm supporting micro-finance for entrepreneurs throughout the world via Kiva, and I support the economic independence of women in various ways because I believe that this is the most effective way raise the quality of life for all people.
I am obsessed with collaboration, and you can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I guess I'm too conservative for her "scrappy" writing style. Not only did I dislike the writing, there is no new information in here that you are not already doing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karen
Scrappy Project Management is refreshingly honest and terrifyingly accurate. The exercises are fun and useful. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lora Stone
Will not teach you about gant charts or how to pass PMP, but lots of good advice for how to sucessfully deliver projects in the real world.Published 8 months ago by A. J. Bennet
very helpful in dealing with project management topics..Published 10 months ago by Amin Akbarimonfared
Great intro to reality for beginner PMs. Loved the author's approach and view of Project Management!Published 11 months ago by Christopher D Bergman
Great book with some great practical tips on project management. Would recommend to anyone who has to lead or manage projects.Published 13 months ago by David G
An inspiring, and punchy `airplane read' which can be consumed over the course of a cross-country flight. Truly a fresh and amusing take on our profession. Read morePublished 18 months ago by G. Hawkins
Very informative book detailing project pitfalls. Unfortunately, I have two areas of division from the author that reduced my stars from 5 to 4. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Patrick C.
FANTASTIC piece of work filled to the brim with practical, street-smart advice on how to optimize one's effectiveness as a program or project manager - useful whether you're a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by David J. Bouchard