The Project Book

The Project Book : The complete guide to consistently delivering great projects

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Deliver great projects every time


Projects are the lifeblood of organisations, but many projects fall short of expectations because of poor project management and/or poor project sponsorship. In The Project Book, author and 20-year project management and sponsorship veteran Colin D Ellis teaches you the skills and behaviours required to make your projects succeed, every time.


The best projects, whether they are delivered in an agile or waterfall way, are a result of the people that lead them and the environment they create. This fail-safe and comprehensive handbook shows you how to develop the mindset and communication skills to create projects that leave a legacy for you, your team and your organisation.


Project leaders and senior managers in all business and technical disciplines will benefit from the insightful guidance this book offers and better project outcomes will result. Split into two parts, individually addressing Project Leaders and Project Sponsors, this book guides large project facilitators to understand the importance of people over processes.





become a project leader that people trust

build a team culture of collaboration, agility and creativity

upskill executives so that they're catalysts for transformation

develop the organisational discipline needed for successful projects

create a mature environment for your projects to thrive



Engaging, informative and humorous, The Project Book will help project managers, project sponsors, scrum masters and product owners across all organisations to deliver successful projects in a way that customers will talk about for years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 22mm | 492g
  • Milton, QLD, Australia
  • English
  • 0730371417
  • 9780730371410
  • 64,944

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Deliver great projects every time

Projects are the lifeblood of organisations, but many projects fall short of expectations because of poor project management and/or poor project sponsorship. In The Project Book, author Colin D Ellis teaches you the skills and behaviours required to make your projects succeed, every time.

The best projects, whether they are delivered in an agile or waterfall way, are a result of the people that lead them and the environment they create. This fail-safe and comprehensive handbook shows you how to develop the mindset and communication skills to create projects that leave a legacy for you, your team and your organisation.

Learn how to: become a project leader that people trust build a team culture of collaboration, agility and creativity upskill executives so that they're catalysts for transformation develop the organisational discipline needed for successful projects create a mature environment for your projects to thrive.

Engaging, informative and humorous, The Project Book will help project managers, project sponsors, scrum masters and product owners across all organisations to deliver successful projects in a way that customers will talk about for years.
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Table of contents

About the author ix


Preface xi


How to use this book xvii


Project Management 1


Part I: Leadership 9


1 Know yourself 13


2 Practise empathy 16


3 Be yourself 18


4 Stand for something 21


5 Determine your values 25


6 Safeguard the future 28


7 Behave in the right way 31


8 Give your mind a break 34


9 Adapt your style to fit the project 38


10 Embrace the next generation 44


11 Be prepared 48


12 Bring the humour 50


13 Make gratitude your attitude 54


14 Bounceback ability 57


15 Lead a remote team 60


16 Be an intrepreneur 64


17 Switch on your ears 68


18 Create more leaders 71


19 Be generous 74


20 Say sorry 76


21 Set and manage expectations 79


22 Manage difficult conversations 82


23 Get help 87


24 Negotiate effectively 91


25 Tell stories 94


26 Manage upwards 98


Part II: Culture 103


27 Build and care for the team 107


28 Develop a vision 111


29 Get your communication right 114


30 Collaborate for success 117


31 Make time for innovation 121


32 Find the right space for work 125


33 Hire for cultural fit 129


34 Start as you mean to go on 132


35 Soundtrack to your success 135


36 Keep stakeholders satisfied 138


37 Gossip: the culture killer 141


38 Keep it simple 144


39 Have some fun 147


40 Run meetings that don't suck 151


41 Celebrate success 156


Part III: Methods 159


42 Waterfall 161


43 Agile 164


44 No plan, no project 166


45 Why this? Why now? 170


46 Scale for success 173


47 Estimating 176


48 Manage risk 179


49 Deal with issues 183


50 Report honestly 186


51 Successes are the best lessons 188


52 Measure your success 190


Project Management: Summary 193


Project Sponsorship 197


Part IV: Stewardship 209


53 The buck stops with you 215


54 Verify priorities 219


55 Share the burden 224


56 Say thank you 228


57 Build trust 232


58 Simple is better 235


59 Be present 240


60 Role model what you expect of others 244


Part V: Decisions 249


61 What's the problem and the outcome? 253


62 Negate the negativity 260


63 Hire and pick your project manager 264


64 Be ethical 269


65 Make quick (not hasty) decisions 275


66 Deal with poor performance 280


67 Fail quickly 285


Part VI: Results 291


68 Culture is key, but so is strategy 297


69 Get off to a flyer 300


70 Every project needs a plan 305


71 Innovation needs mindset and time 309


72 Methods need to be understood 314


73 Celebrate good (and bad) times 317


74 Outcomes don't achieve themselves 322


75 Spot when it's going wrong 328


Project Sponsorship: Summary 335


Frequently asked questions 337


References 345


Reading list 355


Soundtracks 359


Contact details 363


Index 365
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About Colin D. Ellis

COLIN D ELLIS is a 20-year project management and sponsorship veteran, an award-winning international speaker, trainer and author who helps organisations and individuals around the world change the way they get things done and create cultures where great work thrives.
www.colindellis.com
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