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Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.
Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project.
Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.
Topics in this new edition include:. It is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project. Coming from the rare perspective of someone who fought difficult battles on Microsoft's biggest projects and taught project design and management for MSTE, Microsoft's internal best practices group, this is valuable advice indeed.
It will serve you well with your current work, and on future projects to come. Pages: Sales rank: , Product dimensions: 7. He makes a living writing, teaching and speaking. He teaches a graduate course in creative thinking at the University of Washington, runs the sacred places architecture tour at NYC's GEL conference, and writes about innovation, design and management at www.
Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Temporarily Out of Stock Online Please check back later for updated availability. Overview In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects.
About the Author Scott Berkun worked on the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft from and left the company in with the goal of writing enough books to fill a shelf. Show More. O'Reilly Media, Incorporated. Theory in Practice O'Reilly Series.
The book: Making Things Happen
Buy it on Amazon. Book features include: 16 chapters on the critical and common challenges of leading projects and managing teams, over 50 clever diagrams, entertaining photography, war stories of success and failure, snarky humor, executive summaries, challenging exercises, discussion guide, annotated bibliography, extensive footnotes and references. Highly recommended for CEOs, project managers, and hackers alike. My review in two words: Buy it. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft.
Review: 'Making Things Happen' by Scott Berkun
A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work. Project management is a core business skill that every successful business professional must learn. Unfortunately, most people learn it by managing projects without training or support, relying on mistakes and feedback to improve their skills.