“A wake-up call for the project management establishment.”
--Wayne G. Dix, PMP, AXA Financial
“Inspiration for all of us in the project management profession.”
--Wes Balakian, PMP, chairman and executive advisor, PMI E-Business SIG; and President, TSI
"Not simply a book. It is a mind-expanding experience!"
--Gary R. Heerkens, PMP, CPM, CBM, PE, president, Management Solutions Group, Inc.
“A profoundly thoughtful and useful approach to managing the chaotic projects of our time.”
--Ed Mahler, PMP, president, Project Administration Institute; and president, PMI Westchester, New York, chapter
“A much-awaited alternative to traditional project management.”
--Lauri Koskela, professor, the University of Salford
“Concrete tools for when traditional project management approaches aren't cutting it."
--Victoria Tucker, president, Zero Boundary Inc.
“Doug shows us how to rise above chaos and ambiguity and to achieve results without driving ourselves mad in the process!"
--John J. Turanin, vice president, corporate planning and program management, Aradigm Corporation
“Belongs front and center on our desks where we can use it on a daily basis.”
--William Jacobson, director, project management, Wyeth Research
“A paradigm shift. Universally applicable, beneficial for all projects. Refreshing and delightful.”
--Randall L. Englund, author, Creating an Environment for Successful Projects
“A strong dose of reality and a long-awaited perspective.”
--Jim McDonough, Ph.D., PMP, senior research scientist, Eli Lilly and Company
“Doug DeCarlo adds power and insight to the growing effort to reform project management.”
--Gregory Howell, PE, Lean Project Consulting
“Doug DeCarlo is leading those of us in the IS/IT profession into a new and much-needed arena of speed, yet high-quality systems development.”
--Joan Knutson, PM, Guru Unlimited
“An approach that will greatly increase chances of successfully delivering business value.”
--John Thorp, president, The Thorp Network Inc.; and author, The Information Paradox
“I highly recommend this book to anyone facing challenging projects."
--Zed Day, CIO, University of Kentucky Medical Center
From the Inside Flap
Todays new breed, eXtreme projects are different. They feature high speed, high change, high complexity, high risk, and high stress. While traditional projects follow the classic model of readyaimfire, eXtreme project managers succeed by shooting the gun and then redirecting the bullet while not losing sight of their moving target.
eXtreme Project Management provides a practical guide for leaders working under high risk and high pressure while producing the desired bottom-line results. Based on Doug DeCarlos extensive experience in working with more than 250 project teams, his eXtreme project management model is built around an integrated set of principles, values, skills, tools, and practices proven to consistently work under conditions of rapid change and uncertainty.
eXtreme project management is based on the premise that you dont manage the unknown the same way you manage the known. Its a people-centric approach to high performance that makes quality of life a fundamental part of the project venture.
Throughout the book, eXtreme Project Management shows project managers, sponsors, and executives how to keep projects in control and deliver business value in the face of volatility by
- Developing a change-tolerant, quantum mind-set
- Applying principles of self-mastery
- Gaining and sustaining commitment to the project mission
- Unleashing motivation and innovation
- Establishing trust and confidence
- Implementing a flexible project management model
- Establishing a real-time communications infrastructure
- Minimizing bureaucracy
- Improving organizational agility
eXtreme project management is a dynamic and exhilarating model for any kind of project that features high doses of speed and volatility, and where failure is not an option.
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