eXtreme Project Management.

Author:Smith, Valerie

eXtreme Project Management, by Doug DeCarlo, Book, 2004, Jossey-Bass Inc., $47.

I wish I had this book before I started managing extreme projects. It would have prevented a lot of stress and heartaches. eXtreme Project Management: Using Leadership, Principles, and Tools to Deliver Value in the Face of Volatility describes projects with customer needs, competitive offerings, and regulations that constantly change.

If you manage projects like this (daily changes and deadlines half the normal time), go buy this book.

The book has many definitions such as:

Extreme project management is the art and science of facilitating and managing the flow of thoughts, emotions, and interactions in a way that produces valued outcomes under turbulent and complex conditions: those that feature high speed, high change, high uncertainty, and high stress. Doug DeCarlo explains the differences between traditional project management and extreme project management.

He offers useful reminders for certain aspects of the project manager's role such as a meeting planning checklist, including the agenda draft, invited participants, and logistics. There is also a good tool for using Excel to track crucial stakeholders and key players.

Go around brick walls

DeCarlo has very good on change. Here's an example: some people will resist change no matter how much it is needed. Even more, they resist being changed. Acknowledge the resistance rather than...

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