BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (Second Ed, 2013)
Shortlisted for the 2014 CMI Management Book of the Year
Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World uses a case-study approach to combine the experiences of project managers from across the globe (the equivalent to 250+ working years), into one resource for project and programme managers. It contains over 50 cross-industry case studies – some of projects that went well, some of projects that went badly – plus a discussion of what readers can take from that experience, all backed up by theory and references.
Each chapter contains a wealth of knowledge and innovative ideas, as well as the tricks other professionals use that can be applied to help deliver projects more successfully. Unlike other project management books Shortcuts to Success is not focused on the traditional ‘start to finish’ process of managing a project. Instead, it explores:
- Managing project budgets
- Managing project scope
- Managing project teams
- Managing project plans
- Managing yourself.
The book is aimed at both professional public and private sector project managers with some experience of managing projects.
What People Are Saying About Shortcuts To Success
“Elizabeth Harrin has done it again! This new edition of her book is packed with hard-won insights on how to make projects work in today’s pressurised business environment. It shares the stories of people grappling with projects all over the world. I reckon
that these lessons learned are worth their weight in gold to anyone with a challenging project to accomplish. Apply what it suggests and you’re likely to save your company a fortune and yourself heaps of frustration!”
Dr Penny Pullan, Director, Making Projects Work Ltd
“Lives up to the ‘real world’ promise in its title, providing concise, practical advice for leaders of large projects, small projects and everything between.”
“Elizabeth Harrin uses her extensive experience in this book to show how projects in the real world can be delivered successfully. The book is written to allow the reader to drop in and out in order to quickly identify the information needed but it does allow points to be quickly implemented. Within each area there are highlighted items covering hints, warnings, golden rules, definitions and my personal favourite, anecdotes.”
Health Informatics Now
“The book is structured around five main areas of project management: budgeting, scoping, teams, planning and the project manager. The book is not for those wanting to learn the theory of project management. there are others for that. Elizabeth tries to focus on the use of standards within project management not for their own sake but for the betterment of the project and its delivery.”
IT Training Magazine
Where To Buy
Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World is available on Amazon and from other booksellers. It is also available as shorter ebooks, with each ebook covering one complete section of the main book.