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The Cure for the Common Project: Five Core Themes That Transform Project Managers into Leaders Paperback – October 26, 2009
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Through Five Core themes, Rick Valerga takes the reader on a realistic journey through project leadership and hits home with a back to basics approach to true project guidance. As I read this book, it continued to remind me of the little subtleties in project leadership that make all the difference in the end result. Rick's framework shows us the 20% that makes the 80% difference; going from good to high performance. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to applying its learning. --Brian H. Munroe, PMP CEO/Speaker/Coach - MTI Learning Inc - creators of the Rescue My Project(tm) program
About the Author
Rick Valerga has been invited to speak on the subject of project leadership at local and regional project management events. His experience spans several technologies and industries, including high-performance electronics hardware, software, aerospace/defense, robotics, and civil engineering. Rick has been been a program and project manager for Agilent Technologies and an officer within the US Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. Rick obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2003 and holds a BS in Systems Engineering from the US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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The cover I love; 5 coloured pills, one for each of the 5 core themes that Rick suggests transforms managers in to leaders. A major test for any book I read these days is the whole readability issue and is it `easy to consume the knowledge within'. The Cure for the Common Project passes these test with little trouble at all. For the content then it is interesting that we have the 5 pills rather than the super-drug capsule that combines all that you need to achieve the cure. Perhaps it is all too much to swallow in one dose? I liked that the structure of the book allowed me to read and consider each of the 5 themes in turn and that aided the enjoyment and the learning for me. The `cure' was easy to swallow this way.
Through the book Rick takes us on a journey advocating that we should lead, plan, and be honest and fair with people (something that The Lazy Project Manager completely agrees with) so I would recommend the book accordingly. The only comment I would make is that the at the end, under the heading of find out more about project manager, just remember - good as PMI is, and I am a certified PMP, there are other project management organisations out there that just a good to hook up with.
The Lazy Project Manager
The Lazy Project Manager
Make no mistake; while this book is targeted at project managers, it transcends the typical Work Breakdown Structures and Gantt charts to a level of executive leadership. Valerga's Five Core Themes form the foundation of integrity-based leadership and translate well to any situation where one is responsible for guiding a group toward a common goal.
For those not familiar with some of the standard tools and methodology terms, the book has an excellent appendix which provides succint definitions and introductions to these concepts.
Valerga's writing style is casual and enjoyable, and the book is a quick read with immediate applicability. I highly recommend this to all project leaders who are ready to take their careers to the next level.
Through examples and explanation, Valerga shows a crucial skill: how to think like an executive to make decisions that lead a project to success.
Information abounds on the tools and methods of project management; this book fills a critical gap by addressing not just how to manage, but how to lead.
I recommend this book for any manager who wants to take the next jump up in performance.