Thanks again to author / blogger / Agile Evangelist Soma Bhattacharya for interviewing me for her blog: Stepping Into PM: The Journey Continues.
We start with Jeff Furman and his second edition of the book “The Project Management Answer Book” which is a great resource for anyone getting into project management as well as considering about getting the certification.
You can read his interview with me when the first edition was out by clicking here. Please tell us about your book, which is a great resource for upcoming project managers.
Easy-to-Read Q&A Format – My book is the only current PMP book in Q&A format, making it easy-to-read and navigate through. But it’s also highly-detailed – I provide very thorough explanations on difficult topics such as Earned Value and Critical Path, but broken up into short, “bite-size” Q&As. For this reason, many PMs from around the world have “Liked” my book’s Facebook Fan Page – (“Likes” currently from 25 different countries!)
NOT Just PMP! – Most PMP books are mainly “for the test.” My book has a very strong PMP test focus, but also contains a great many templates, figures, diagrams, examples, and case-studies to help PMs with practical, hands-on advice for managing projects efficiently and effectively.
NOT Just Waterfall (Hello, Scrum Agile!) For the 2nd Edition, I’ve added a robust new chapter on Scrum Agile. Waterfall PM has been the industry standard for many years. But Agile is catching on rapidly, with Scrum by far the most popular type. My book provides 54 new Q&As on Scrum (also making comparisons to Waterfall where helpful). My chapter also provides info on Agile certifications, networking groups and resources for Agilists, and more.
Q. And where can we find it?
My 2nd Edition just came out in November, 2014. It’s available in paperback and in several e-formats:
- Paperback: Amazon.com
- Paperback from the publisher: Management Concepts Press
- eBook: from the publisher: Management Concepts Press
- Paperback: at the NYU Bookstore in Manhattan
- Kindle: Amazon.com
- Google Books
But many don’t know that there are actually several useful variations out in the world of PM. My book provides:My book provides diagrams of three popular models plus three advanced models:
- The Talent Management Triple Constraint
- The Value Triple Constraint
- The Triple Constraint For Ethics.
Mini Waterfall – Scrum Agile is an important new area of PM to learn, in addition to Waterfall PM (which is the discipline tested for on the PMP). Good news is that if you have already studied Waterfall, there are some key concepts common to both, so much so that some actually call Scrum “mini-waterfall.”
So my Chapter 14, “Scrum Agile: The New Wave In PM” is designed to help you quickly learn many of the key concepts of Scrum. And to make it fun, my chapter answers questions for you such as: “What are misconceptions Waterfall people have about Agile?” and the other way around:“What are misconceptions agilists have about Waterfall?”
Q. One piece of advice that you think is an absolute must for new project managers?
One word: Ethics! – Don’t let the customer (or your management) push you into an unethical decision. There is always the pressure: “The customer is always right,” and to do whatever they ask. But if you say yes to something you shouldn’t, such as cutting corners, or skipping an important test, your project’s quality will suffer. And if your reputation becomes compromised, it will be very difficult to get it back.My Chapter 10: Ethical Considerations PMs Face On The Job takes you through the PMI Code of Ethics®, as well as PMI’s EDMF® (Ethical Decision-Making Framework), and provides Q&As on many real-world issues around ethics that can help you set a leadership example on your projects.