Buy it on Amazon. Book features include: 16 chapters on the critical and common challenges of leading projects and managing teams, over 50 clever diagrams, entertaining photography, war stories of success and failure, snarky humor, executive summaries, challenging exercises, discussion guide, annotated bibliography, extensive footnotes and references. Highly recommended for CEOs, project managers, and hackers alike. My review in two words: Buy it. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft. I wish we always put these lessons into action!

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Project management is a core business skill that every successful business professional must learn. Unfortunately, most people learn it by managing projects without training or support, relying on mistakes and feedback to improve their skills. Making Things Happen is full of practical advice and real-world examples about how to lead projects successfully from conception to completion, without having to "learn it the hard way".

Scott Berkun, formerly a project manager for Microsoft, has a knack for skipping the complicated jargon and convoluted methodologies that characterize most project management books. Instead, he breaks complex subjects down to the critical essentials and provides a copious amount of real-world examples, which makes this book very approachable and easy to understand. Unlike the vast majority of project management texts, Making Things Happen isn't designed to lead you towards PMI certification: it's designed to give you perspective and practical information that would take years to learn via the "school of hard knocks.

The first version of this book, The Art of Project Management , was focused on software and technology development professionals. Making Things Happen is a revised edition that makes Burkun's advice more applicable to all project managers, regardless of industry. The leadership and management lessons presented in this book are universal to all projects, making this revised edition a must-read.

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Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

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Making Things Happen : Mastering Project Management

Note: While reading a book whenever I come across something interesting, I highlight it on my Kindle. Later I turn those highlights into a blogpost. It is not a complete summary of the book. These are my notes which I intend to go back to later. The Boeing Company, one of the largest airplane design and engineering firms in the world, keeps a black book of lessons it has learned from design and engineering failures. A forcing function is anything that—when put in place—naturally forces a change in perspective, attitude, or behavior. So, schedules are important forcing functions for projects.


Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management - Scott Berkun

Explore a preview version of Making Things Happen right now. 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:.

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