Those who know me well will laugh, but I actually started out as a project manager. It was the late 80’s. I was in grad school when group projects first became the rage. But professors didn’t bother to teach us how to manage the projects they assigned us. So my teammates and I would scramble around like ants without a trail to follow. We’d duplicate each other’s work, fall behind schedule, point fingers at each other. Eventually I’d volunteer for the dreaded responsibility of tracking our projects. Except I wasn’t equipped for the role so things turned from bad to worse. I could’ve used some guidance back then. Like Brett Harned’s project management book, Project Management for Humans–that just came out today!
Maybe like me, you fell by accident into project management. Or you work with project managers and yet, things feel close to coming unglued. Project Management for Humans teaches you how to recoup your time, resources and sanity. It’s a short, practical and enjoyable playbook you’ll want to read and keep handy to help you resolve problems before they mushroom into crises.
Even if you’re a professional project manager, Brett’s project management book can help you too. It goes beyond teaching traditional systems. You’ll learn how to tackle the interpersonal challenges that can often derail a project in unexpected ways.
I’ve been a project manager for most of my professional life. Yes, I gladly deal with numbers, scope documents, spreadsheets, and the things that make many people go cross-eyed. To many people, the work (and the role) feels really robotic. But it’s not. There’s a human side to project management, because people make projects happen, and people solve the problems (or prevent them from happening).
I am absolutely thrilled about this project, because it will help people who unintentionally get stuck in a variety of common project problems. Project Management for Humans is designed to provide project management guidance through stories, practical tips, shortcuts, and templates for full-time project managers as well as people who assume the PM role in their design, development, UX, and content strategy roles. I’ll address everything from creating solid project estimates to creating great project plans, and tackling the most difficult communications. My hope is to make it a fun read and a helpful reference.
I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me, but I am so ready to do this!