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Effective project management and team communication is key for all to succeed. This book provides an excellent road map. --Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr., COO and Executive VP Sales & Marketing, ITA Group

Johnson has captured the true essence of business woes in a fashion that is humorous, enlightening, and most important, applicable. --Norman J. Kirk, Superintendent of Network Operations, Union Pacific Railroad

This must read is for those that want to get things done on mission, on time, and on budget. --William F. Faulk, Vice President, Brand Development, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

About the Author

Timothy L. Johnson is the president of Delta Project Solutions, Inc., with two decades of experience in project management, systems thinking, organizational diagnosis, business analysis, creative problem solving, and team facilitation. He has held project leadership roles ranging from multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit settlements to training video production, from major software transformation to strategic design. He is certified as a Project Management Professional and currently teaches MBA courses at Drake University in Operations, Organizational Behavior, Project Management, and Business Creativity. Timothy is the author of a number of books on office politics, project management, and systems thinking. He resides in Des Moines, Iowa, with his family. This is his first book with Tiberius Publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tiberius Publications; 2nd edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977714616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977714612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,544,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FINALLY - after having my cheese moved, being told what my team's five dysfunctions were, motivating me to have raving fans, and trying to be a one minute manager, it's about time somebody wrote a cerebrally witty business fable for project managers. Johnson captures the reality of project management in a succint way that does what no other business fable has done yet: provides real application that I can use. My status reports and project plans will never be the same. I'm giving this to my team as a must read!
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...about project management, presented in an easy to read parable. If your projects aren't running smoothly enough, this is the book you need.
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Race Through The Forest is what the business world needs right now. No silver bullets here... just useful ideas. Timothy Johnson is straight as an arrow in writing about the race. The comparison between Biff and Barry is obvious but shows the simple truths about projects. There's a subtle sense of humor throughout the book which keeps the reading interesting. I really liked the acronyms and how they are presented, especially WUHOT.
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Author Johnson's fable pitting opposing management styles against one another illustrates with allegorical panache, the results of well executed project oversight. Beware the "Biffster" that awaits managers ignorant of how to effectively plan.
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This book is for project managers... and those who need to work with project managers to understand them better... I think Johnson has been spying on a lot of companies because he got a bullseye on both good and bad project behavior. I've been managing projects for over twenty years and this is the first book I've seen that highlights the important stuff so that readers can go back to their desks and put it into action. The SR ARTERY business case and the tips on staffing projects are simple yet amazingly insightful. Regarding the earlier negative review (what was he reading, by the way???), I also hope Johnson does not quit his day job because he obviously uses it to bring so much to the rest of us. This is my best business read of the last two years.
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This is a wonderful book! Timothy uses the "story" -- probably the best teaching vehicle ever devised -- to delightfully convey the challenges and pitfalls of successfully mangaged projects. The characters are a real hoot: Barry Tortisse, Been Theer, Dun Thaat are just a few of them.

My favorite line in this fable: "So, no more putting sales people in project management positions."

My personal key learning item: I had never fully appreciated the importance of the Business Case in the context of project management.

Are you a project manager? It may not say that on your business card, but I'll bet you're involved in making things happen within your enterprise. This book can help you in one (or both) of two major ways: 1) you'll learn how to contribute more effectively; and, 2) if you're currently "getting in the way of things getting done," you'll learn how to stop being such an impediment.
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When the first hundred pages of a book are the entire book, it's hard to go wrong. And when one has Timothy L Johnson to put in just enough practical information to make it useful and digestible, and just enough effort to make a readable story, and based the whole thing on simple truths, then you've got a winner.

Race Through the Forest is a one-hour read. More like a pamphlet or executive summary, but more fun.

Speaking of executives, get yours to read it. If one of them comes back to you and says it opened their eyes, or even just reminded them of when their work used to be fun, then you're on the right track. Sign 'em up as your next project sponsor!
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