I recently read the book Scrappy Project Management by Kimberly Wiefling. In the book Kimberly outlines what she believes are the 12 most predictable and avoidable pitfalls every project faces.
Kimberly has taken a pragmatic approach to this book by combined reality with the academic side of the project management discipline by using real life examples that have worked best for her during her project management career.
Kimberly promotes her book, Scrappy Project Management, as: for people who manage projects in the real world.
The 12 checklist items to successful project are:
- Be completely & unrepentantly obsessed with the “customer”
- Provide shared, measurable, challenging & achievable goals as clear as sunlight
- Engage in effective, vociferous & unrelenting communication with all stakeholders
- Ensure that roles & responsibilities are unmistakably understood and agreed upon by all
- Create viable plans & schedules that enjoy the team’s hearty commitment
- Mitigate big, hairy, abominable risks & implement innovative accelerators
- Prioritise ruthlessly, choosing between heart, lungs & kidneys if necessary
- Anticipate and accommodate necessary and inevitable change
- Challenge assumptions & beliefs, especially insidious self-imposed limitations.
- Manage the expectations of all stakeholders: under-promise & over-deliver
- Learn from experience. Make new and more exciting mistakes each time!
- Attitude of Gratitude: Celebrate project success… and some failures, too!
The book is not written in the same serious manner as most other project management books that I have read. Kimberly introduced some humour into the book, where possible, and was also very frank about what she has proven to not work.
The 3 key drivers for personal success are:
I highly recommend this book. It is a very quick and easy to read book that is filled with the facts about managing projects in the real world.