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Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management


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Manage It!

Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management


This book is a reality-based guide for modern projects. You’ll learn how to recognize your project’s potholes and ruts, and determine the best way to fix problems—without causing more problems.

Customer Reviews

Even after some thirty years in project management, I found much of value in this book and time after time found I was saying to myself “That’s neat!”. Give this book to any one in your team that you have appointed as a project manager but do read it first, as you will find yourself being asked some difficult questions within a very short time.

- Martin White

Managing Director

I highly recommend this book to all project managers, from novices to those with more experience. This is an incredible resource that should be referred to frequently for advice on how to help you decide which project management practice or technique is appropriate for your project—which she helps you to apply immediately.

- Jennifer Cannon

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Concrete and useful. In this book there are things you may learn from university and from your job after years of experience. Take this book and a shortcut.

- Nicola Pedot

the best project management reference I’ve ever read… Buy it. Try it. It’s worth it.

- David Christiansen

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About this Title

Pages: 360
Published: 2007-05-01
Release: P4.0 (2011-08-25)
ISBN: 978-0-9787-3924-9

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Manage It!

Your project can’t fail. That’s a lot of pressure on you, and yet you don’t want to buy into any one specific process, methodology, or lifecycle.

Your project is different. It doesn’t fit into those neat descriptions.

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 and not for some mythological project that doesn’t even exist.

Before you know it, your project will be on track and headed to a successful conclusion. 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.

You won’t need expensive tools or fancy software. Manage It! shows you how to use low-tech techniques to directly address the most pressing problems of modern software project development.



I consult, speak, and write on managing high-technology product development. I’ve helped managers, teams, and organizations to become more effective by applying my pragmatic approaches to their issues of hiring, project management, risk management, and people management.

I’m the author of Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost, Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, Manage It! Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management, and Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People.

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