Published here February, 2006.

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This book is a valuable addition to any project manager's library, simply because it covers most of the basic project management territory, and does so in a way that is quick and easy to understand.

As the authors observe in their closing paragraphs:

"Always remember that you are being watched by your people day and night. It is your responsibility that the project team members retain the vision of the overall goals of the project and believe in its successful results even in times of major problems. It is therefore important that you show a special attitude that can distinguish a loser from a winner. Even if you are not a winner, you have to look as if you are, and lead your team with a certainty that they may lack from time to time."

"To summarize, it is not necessary for you to be a good natural-born communicator. In some types of projects, especially internal ones such as organizational change, it is preferable to choose such a person for a project manager. But if you spend time and effort developing such skills in yourself, both using your own experience and insight and looking for it outside by observing other project managers, you can be successful."[15]

Good advice indeed!

R. Max Wideman
Fellow, PMI

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15. Ibid, p249
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