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by Irene Tobis,Michael Tobis

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ISBN: 0071415440
ISBN13: 978-0071415446
Category: Business
Subcategory: Management & Leadership
Author: Irene Tobis,Michael Tobis
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (October 2002)
ePUB size: 1964 kb
FB2 size: 1948 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 439
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Nice Reading
Starts well but gets bogged down in academic details.
Got this for extra reading on a project management course. Has some good stuff.
Throw her heart
For a project manager using large scale software tools this will fall very short despite the title. An opt title might have been, Time and Project management for small teams. The book starts with brief time management concepts, as it relates to individuals, then proceeds to some pretty good general team buiding points and interviews to answer questions related to time and projects, but finally leaves the reader (like a seasoned PM) pretty much wondering where its all going with 80-pages left to read.

If you operate in small teams or workgroups and just starting out in a PM role, when the role did not exist before, then this may cut it. If you are expected to apply PM principles, as outlined in the PMBOK or even moving to job where the previous person did a similar role without the PMI designation, then forget this one.

I gave it two stars because it does have some management pointers that was good to re-read after many years.

This book goes for a $1-$3 in the used section, so its not like your gonna get ripped off or anything like that, its just a question of what your time is worth and maybe being caught with this on your desk at work. I mean if your a seasoned PM and your boss flipped through its pages, you would have to quickly come up with a think-fast answer, or he would seriously question your abilities.
Irene and Michael Tobis have written an essential book for managers who run numerous small projects or complex combinations of large and small projects with multiple employees who have varying skill levels. If the process you manage hasn't been automated to the point of being an assembly line, you need this book, especially if you are responsible for team production and output. We recommend it as a fundamental part of any business management curriculum and as a training tool for new managers. Others who would benefit from it include teachers, project leaders, volunteer organization presidents and committee heads who orchestrate complex tasks. The authors provide principles, definitions and techniques that you can apply to your specific situation. Anyone who feels overwhelmed or overloaded will benefit, in particular, from chapters five and six, which focus on identifying everything you have committed to and developing a plan both to get out from under the overload and to manage future commitments more gracefully. Go get your copy.
My life is a constant balancing act of work, family, community and friends. I've been a manager for 20 years, so I've seen a lot. Typically I look for one or two good ideas in a book. But this excellent book, clearly written, is full of personal management and project management advice. It has really helped me simplify and get organized.
The Cheeseburger Paradox opened my eyes to our quality problems from a completely new perspective. The chapters on time management and scheduling are fresh and present new ideas that I can put to work immeadiately.
My other project management books sit on a shelf collecting dust, being either too detailed or esoteric for day-to-day use. This is one that I carry around with me, loving marked with post-it notes, so I can show people, "See, this is what I mean."
The authors posit that unreliable brilliance will always lose to reliable adequacy. It is noble to aim for greatness, but unless you can deliver reliability consistently, you are creating problems for yourself and your organization.
They, one a PhD psychologist and the other a PhD systems engineer, jointly operate a consulting firm that seeks to find individualized paths to productivity that can be sustainable, convenient, natural and delightful.
To them, reliability has a simple definition. The reliable worker or workgroup finishes every work item in a reasonable amount of time and with reasonable quality. Many who are capable of brilliance are capable of reliability, but often it does not come easy. Being competent means you can complete the job.
Being reliable means you can complete the job every time. Unless your customers can depend on you, regardless of the project's complexity, you have problems. The high value, high-complexity organization cannot afford to deliver inferior service.
The book combines skills from time management, task completion and organizational psychology. It offers jargon-free definitions of important terms; tips and tactics for facilitating multiple projects; practical advice to minimize project errors and warning signs new activities are headed awry.
The authors provide simple, proactive strategies for consistently achieving multiple objectives
This is an excellent book with lots of practical knowledge having to deal with juggling multiple projects. As a former Director of both IT and Education in Silicon Valley, I found it to be concise and practical.

I am a fan of all the books I have read in the Briefcase Series. They have a very direct, no nonsense approach that is very appealing to busy people. I have picked up many useful ideas from many of the books form this series.

One of the difficulties of a middle level mangement position is juggling multiple projects. This book gives very useful and practical advice along these lines.