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Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management


You’ve been bombarded with a ton of techniques, practices, and unsolicited pieces of advice about how to manage projects. All of them are saying “Look at me, I’m right.”

Well, many of them are right—but only under certain conditions. Your project is unique, and you need to make pragmatic choices about what will work and what won’t.

In Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management(Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$34.95, 0-9787392-4-8), author Johanna Rothman delivers a risk-based guide to making good decisions about how to plan and guide your projects. This book will help software project managers, team members, and software managers succeed. From chartering to release, each chapter discusses ways you can see inside your software project, measure it, feel it, taste it, and smell it.

Johanna says, “One thing you won’t find in this book is the One True Way to manage projects. There is no One True Way that works for all projects. You also won’t find best practices. I’ll suggest helpful practices for each life cycle that might help you and the project team achieve your goals.”

Manage It! will show you how to beg, borrow, and steal from the best methodologies to fit your particular project. It will help you find what works best for you. Before you know it, your project will be on track and headed to a successful conclusion.

In this book you’ll:

  • Learn all about different project lifecycles
  • See how to organize a project
  • Compare sample project dashboards
  • See how to staff a project
  • Know when you’re done—and what that means.

Manage It! shows you how to directly address the most pressing problems of modern software project development.

Reviewer Praise

Johanna packs a wealth of practical advice into this book. Even the most experienced project managers will find numerous nuggets and gems that they can immediately apply to their project work.

James A. Ward, Senior Project Management Consultant, James A. Ward and Associates, Inc.

This book is a pleasure to read and is packed with wisdom. Junior project managers will get a great introduction, while senior project managers will learn some new tricks.

George Hawthorne, Project Manager, Oblomov Consulting

Book Information

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Manage It!

Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management

by Johanna Rothman

ISBN: 9780978739249, 360 pages, $29.95US, $45.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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