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Project Manager (BCS Guides to IT Roles)
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 2018
This book is a highly accessible guide to being a project manager (PM), particularly a project manager working within an IT field. The role is set out with reference to required skills, competencies and responsibilities. Tools, methods and techniques for project managers are covered, including Agile approaches; risk, issue and change management processes; best practices for managing stakeholders and financial management.
Career progression opportunities for project managers are also discussed. Case studies are included throughout and tips and useful resources are included at the end of every chapter.
Reviews of Project Manager
Jonathan Norman, Manager, Major Projects Knowledge Hub
‘Project Manager’ is the perfect tasting menu for any would-be project manager in the IT sector. It’ll give you a flavour of the whole discipline, familiarising you with all the jargon, the principle methods, and the kind of career you can expect. Like any tasting menu, it leaves you wanting more of the best bits, and wondering ‘just how do they do that’. If you’re about to start a career in IT project management and don’t have someone to answer all your questions, here’s what you need. Ask Elizabeth and she’ll tell you the answers.
Dr Mike Clayton
way by doing, and this book is straight forward, easy to read and covers all the bases. Nice job, Elizabeth!
Monica Borrell, CEO, Cardsmith.co
A. Geoffrey Crane, Trent University & Adaptimist Insights
Elizabeth has another winner on her hands with her latest Project Management book “Project Manager – Careers in IT project management”. This is a must have for any new project managers wanting to learn about the role, understand best practices and get brought up to speed on all the latest tool, methodologies and industry terms. If you are new and starting out, this book is for you. What I loved the most about the book were the Anecdote, where Elizabeth brings in real people to talk about their particular experiences about the subject. I loved that because you hear real time from people directly working in the roles. Great book, and a must buy for every project manager!
Bill Dow, PMP, ITIL author of The PMO Lifecycle: Building, Running, and Shutting Down
Caroline Harper, Corporate Lead ICT and Digital, South Tyneside Council
Elizabeth Harrin’s new book “Project Manager” is a valuable resource not only for anyone who wants to start a career as an Project Manager but also for established project managers wanting to refresh role. The guide provides relatable case studies giving a fresh perspective on different career options for IT Project Managers. The tools, methods and techniques are particularly helpful to new starters wanting to avoid potential pitfalls, including helpful tips on how to pronounce well-used acronyms and access to templates. Elizabeth’s’ natural and genuine writing feels more like peer advice received over a cup of coffee than a technical reference manual, and makes for an interesting read with plenty of good advice to consider.
Rebecca Gordon, Director, Programme and Project Capability Building, Australian Federal Public Service
Penny Pullan, Director, Making Projects Work Ltd
This is great book for anyone who is interested in becoming an IT Project Manager. It starts with the basics all about what Project Management is, and what an IT Project Manager is. The chapter on the Role of the IT Project Manager is very good, and tells it how it is, using comments from real Project Managers and lots of Elizabeth’s own experience. I really enjoyed this section as its different from other books on the subject giving a real life view. There is just the right amount of tools, methods and techniques in Chapter 3 but to give the reader a flavour which is important. Chapter 4 is ideal as it focuses on Career Progression and Related Roles which gives a great overview of how an IT PM can progress and other roles that they could look to move to in the future. Elizabeth finishes with an overview of a day in her life as an PM which is great insight to the reader on what its really like, warts and all. As an accidental PM who knows that you can have a really good rewarding career in Project Management, I found this book ideal for anyone who has thought that Project Management may be the right path for them and would highly recommend it.
Donna Unitt, Head of Delivery, Rocket Consulting Ltd