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by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Paperback -- 246 pages (April 1997)
North River Press
Dimensions (in inches): 0.82 x 6.09 x 8.97
|Making It Happen : A Non-Technical Guide to Project Management
by MacKenzie Kyle
Paperback -- 256 pages (May 1998)
John Wiley & Sons
Dimensions (in inches): 0.62 x 9.06 x 6.09
Making It Happen: A Non-Technical Guide to Project Management provides a fresh and clear approach to project management. Written in the form of a novel, it covers the basics of project management in a friendly, interesting, and memorable way. Will Campbell, a reasonably competent middle manager, is suddenly thrust into managing a high-profile project that could make or break his career. With no project management experience, and armed only with the guidance of his eccentric mentor, Martha, Will learns the hard way. As Will navigates the rough seas of company politics, treacherous competition, and a project swirling out of control, he narrowly evades many pitfalls, and masters some indispensable project management tools along the way.
The publisher, John Wiley & Sons
The author, Mackenzie Kyle firstname.lastname@example.org , March 23, 1999
A Brief Description of the Origins of the Book
Eventually, slow thinker that I am, it occurred to me to write a story about a project manager, cleverly disguising a work of fiction as one that might have some practical value in the working world. This would satisfy both my need to express some project management concepts in a different form, and my ongoing desire to entertain. I planned to create a protagonist whose cynical viewpoint would challenge this approach to project management at every turn, and lead him through a believable process of discovery, one that mirrored my own, and that of others applying these principles.
The end result was much longer and much more like an actual novel than what was finally printed. The fiction writer in me couldn't resist creating details and characters that added nothing to the practical value of the ideas, but seemed quite entertaining (at least to me). Fortunately, the publisher was keener to balance the two. I hope the final result is both entertaining and easy to read, and that is provides you with some practical ideas about how to get through your next project.
|The Deadline : A Novel About Project Management
by Tom Demarco
Paperback -- 310 pages (July 1997)
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