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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management [Format Kindle]

Scott Berkun
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In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.

Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.

Topics in this new edition include:

  • How to make things happen
  • Making good decisions
  • Specifications and requirements
  • Ideas and what to do with them
  • How not to annoy people
  • Leadership and trust
  • The truth about making dates
  • What to do when things go wrong
Complete with a new forward from the author and a discussion guide for forming reading groups/teams, Making Things Happen offers in-depth exercises to help you apply lessons from the book to your job. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project.

Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed. It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 410 pages
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  • Editeur : O'Reilly Media; Édition : 1 (25 mars 2008)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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Par Olivier Roland VOIX VINE
Format:Broché
Ce livre est dense. Très. 370 larges pages, bien remplies de texte, avec quelques schémas ici et là. Heureusement, l'auteur prend son travail très au sérieux, mais ne se prend pas trop au sérieux lui-même, ce qui fait que son livre est émaillé de phrases humoristiques agréables qui allègent quelque peu l'ensemble.

Sur le fond, j'ai un peu de mal à juger car, en tant que dirigeant d'une TPE, je n'ai jamais géré des projets d'une complexité, tant humaine que technique, du niveau de celle qu'aborde l'auteur. Ce livre s'adresse d'ailleurs clairement davantage à des personnes travaillant dans de grandes organisations, tout comme Results without authority, et encore plus spécifiquement aux personnes travaillant dans le domaine du développement logiciel, bien que l'auteur fasse visiblement de son mieux pour être le plus général possible ' mais les références à l'industrie du logiciel sont trop nombreuses pour qu'il atteigne véritablement son objectif.

Je dirai toutefois qu'il est évident à la lecture de ce livre que Scott Berkun est quelqu'un possédant une grande expérience de son sujet qu'il maîtrise excellemment bien. Je sais que si je dois gérer un jour des projets de développement plus complexes que ceux de mon entreprise actuellement, je n'hésiterai pas à plonger dans ce livre pour y puiser des astuces et idées ou trouver des réponses à des problématiques précises. Ce livre a donc toute sa place sur la bibliothèque de tout manager de projet dans une grande organisation.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The right elements to succeed a project 10 mars 2013
Format:Broché
Mainly focus on the Software development projects, this book explains how to plan and manage a project with the sole objective to succeed it.
All the aspects are covered: from the good way to define requirements to the project planning. A part is also dedicated to the power and politics necessary for making things happen.

Up to you to read now…
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 tb 5 mars 2015
Par Alain M
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Jacques Prévert est un poète et scénariste français. Après le succès de son premier recueil de poèmes, Paroles, il devint un poète populaire grâce à son langage familier et ses jeux de mots. Ses poèmes sont depuis lors célèbres dans le monde francophone et massivement appris dans les écoles françaises. Il a également écrit des scénarios pour le cinéma.

Un peu plus tard, il prendra ses distances avec le Parti communiste auquel il n'adhérera jamais. Sa vie durant, il défendra les faibles, les opprimés, les victimes, avec une générosité bourrue mais toujours discrète. Avec Prévert, un univers à part se crée fuyant l'ordre voulu par Dieu et les contre-amiraux (l'une des nombreuses figures sociales qu'il tournait en dérision).
En 1933, le groupe de théâtre Octobre dont il fait parti, prend part à l'Olympiade du théâtre de Moscou obtenant un premier prix qui ne sera jamais remis.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Updated version of a key resource. 13 avril 2008
Par Leam Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Okay, let's get the one downer about the book out of the way; it's a second edition of Scott's The Art of Project Management (Theory in Practice (O'Reilly)). Not sure why the name was changed but it might confuse some folks. Okay, it confused me, not sure about anyone else. If you've recently read the first edition then you may want to borrow someone's copy to go over the exercises/discussion at the end of each chapter.

If you haven't read the first edition, you're in for a great time! This isn't a reference book, nor is it a cheat-sheet for passing your PMP. Scott writes as friends chat over coffee. To really "get it" you need that same head game. Find your personal motivation for making things happen, either at work or in your life, and slowly reflect on a single chapter over a hot cup of joe. Even better, find a couple friends who are just as success driven as you and work through the exercises together.

My introversion is so strong that last sentence was almost painful to write, but a deeply reflective level of mental processing is what you need for this book. When you have a chapter in your head you can go over the events of the past week and generally find ways you could have handled something better. Write them down, go implement the ideas, and keep doing that as your success rate grows. Use the exercies as dry-run scenarios and really put some thought into them. Build your experience and expertise in the shadows; when the spotlight is on you'll be ready to make things happen in a big way.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best Review Ever... 17 janvier 2014
Par Terry MacDonald - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
There is a lot of praise out there for Scott Berkun and this book in particular. I feel a bit silly adding to the list of reviews, but I decided to go forward anyway when I tasked myself with writing the best review ever. I think a lot of us are looking to figure out what is the best in a fast fashion. Word of mouth is always king, so Amazon reviews come as close as they can. So, why read Making Things Happen?

- Note that it is the new edition of The Art of Project Management.
- You will gain personal motivation to make things happen either at work or in life.
- The book covers how to be a great project manager, from gathering ideas to managing teams and schedules.
- It may not be all new news, but it's all the best management practices in one well-designed book.
- He introduces several key concepts and brings perspective to areas that may seem like common sense, but as the wise saying goes: "We need not be so much instructed but reminded."
- This book is more than just an overview, but you do need to continue to learn. For more in-depth looks into project management, one can read up on the Agile Manifesto, Lean Kanban principles; SEI's CRM for risk management; and The Practice of Creativity: A Manual for Dynamic Group Problem-Solving
- Scott Berkun's style of writing is really wonderful. His voice is both practical and vivid, engaging and clear. His level of expertise in communicating what it means to be a great project manager has transcended from author to teacher, which means you know he's good!

I hope you find this review helpful. Now, go make things happen!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Essential Buy For Project Managers 30 mai 2008
Par Dan McKinnon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
In the field of project management, 'Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management' is one of the finest books I have ever had the chance to peruse. From gathering ideas to managing teams and schedules, everything and anything is in this book that is a MUST BUY for all project managers or group leaders that want to update or learn new techniques for creating widgets in the real world and doing so efficiently and successfully. I think a chapter overview would be helpful to help the reader get an idea of the wonderous content contained within:

01. History of Project Management

I - PLANS

02. Schedules
03. What To Do
04. Vision
05. Ideas and how they come about
06. What do to with your great idea

II - SKILLS

07. Writing good specifications
08. Good decision-making
09. Communication and relationships
10. Process, Email, Meetings - Don't waste people's time
11. When things go wrong

III - MANAGEMENT

12. Leadership & Trust
13. Making things happen
14. Middle-game strategy
15. End-game strategy
16. Power and Politics

I was originally going to Highly Recommend this book but I think it's so fantastic I'm going to up it to HPR. If you are any way related to making progress at your job or possibly even life this can be useful, this book is a must read... NOW.

***** HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Over praised, way too much 11 mai 2009
Par Qiulang - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
For those who gave this book a 5 star rating, I really suggest you think it again. To me, this book is over praised, way too much!! And there are several reasons why I am saying that.

First of all, the majority of the content has been expressed long before; I don't see anything new or groundbreaking. For example the author talked a lot about the importance of communication, trust, relationship, etc. in project management. But isn't that just common sense? Whoever does the project management job should know that pretty well. Not to mention that Agile/Scrum/XP guys have been saying these things for many years and in a much better and enlightened way.

Second, the book is flawed in the topics the authors chose to address. For example risk management is a big topic in project management, while there is only a chapter called "what to do when things go wrong" (which is not risk management exactly) and look at what he said, "calm down ... take responsibility ... do damage control ..." Again, common sense. And let's look at what the author said about the topic of execution, which makes things happen (Or "Getting things done") -- "Priorities Make Things Happen ... Things Happen When You Say No ... ". Well, I don't see any breakthrough ideas. And what I don't get is that, while the author spent so little time in talking about big topics like risk management and execution, he spent several chapters talking about how to deal with ideas, especially the ideas in design phase -- Chapter 5 "Where ideas come from" , Chapter 6 "What to do with ideas once you have them", Chapter 7 "Writing good specifications (i.e. writing the idea down)" and Chapter 8 "How to make good decisions (when facing several ideas)". For the book addressing the whole life cycle of project management, I just don't get the author's logic.

Third, it is very hard for you to read the book from cover to cover because there seems to be a tendency to go off at a tangent from time to time. The information the author represented in each chapter actually prevents you from concentrating on the central topics of that chapter.

The exercises introduced in second edition are artificial. The most obvious change introduced in the second edition is the exercises introduced in each chapters. They were said to be "thought-provoking". So let's just check some of them. This is an exercise in the chapter "what to do when things go wrong" -- "One week into development, space aliens attack your office and your entire programming staff is hit with an alien space ray that makes them 50% less talented. You are the only witness to the event, as the ray erased the staff's memory of the event. ... " Seriously, you really believe figuring this question out will help you improve your ability for managing crisis ? Okay let's check another exercise in chapter "writing the good vision", "Research visionaries. Select any two: Gandhi, Malcolm X, Thoreau, Buddha, Socrates, Jesus Christ, or Confucius. What were their visions? How did they develop their ideas? ..." We are not doing philosophy, are we? BTW I actually like the author changing the book title from "the art of project management" to "making things happen". The term "the art of" has been overused, but in its original meaning, I really think it should be only referred to the great books like "the art of computer programming"

I don't mean to be harsh here and I am not saying this book is not good at all. Just seeing there are so many praises like "beg to be read cover to cover" or "great/classic..." makes me believe someone should stand up and raise a different, supposedly objective voice.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Add My Voice to the Chorus 23 avril 2008
Par Brett Merkey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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Perhaps only a little off-key since I am not a project manager -- altho my professional life is made much easier by working with some dedicated ones.

I did not read the previous edition as the other reviewers did. In fact, I was not really intending to read this edition straight through. I was going to give it a good skim for those aspects of project management that intersect my own world as a Web application interface developer.

I have to say that Scott Berkun is a real teacher because I found the *whole* book to be relevant to my work -- and it was fun to read in the bargain.

This book is not in color and does not contain lots of fancy images. The illustrating and illuminating is done verbally. For once, this was enough for me because Berkun finds a way to make things both practical and vivid. From the text, it is reasonable to assume that his public talks are worthy events.

This is definitely a book to read for people who may not be project managers but who sincerely want to build their teams by understanding this important role better.

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