Proficiency Enhancement Resources

Now, it's time for you to broaden your effectiveness and work on your persona. The time-honored book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a good place to start. It is a break from the regimen of book after book of the "Firm" subjects to a look at the personal habits by which others judge you. The book presents explanations of "Dependence" and the transition to "Independence" and then to "Interdependence." This book introduced the concepts of teamwork and synergy. And its ideas are just as effective today as the day it was written.

Ken Blanchard wrote the original The One-Minute Manager in 1981 and updated the book in 1999. Its three principles are as relevant now as they were then. However, the book has been further updated for the times in his newer book Leadership and the One-Minute Manager. In this book, Blanchard talks about the one-minute manager and situational leadership attuned to today's strategies. It is likely we will cycle back through all those strategies in the near future.

Gung Ho! expands the management techniques of The One-Minute Manager to include the concept of energizing and empowering the modern employee.

In his book, The AMA Handbook of Project Management, Dr. Paul C. Dinsmore pulls together the talents of forty-one respected practitioners of project management to contribute their expertise, each in a selected subject. The book covers the subjects you would expect, such as startup, structure and organizations, teamwork, and quality, and also covers such subjects as research and development projects, new products, and cross-cultural projects. It will have a place on your project management bookshelf for years to come.

In his book Introduction to Simulation and Risk Analysis, James R. Evans uses the Excel spreadsheet as a teaching and operational tool to illustrate simulation modeling concepts and analysis of results. Excel is a tool common to almost every office software set and can be used in direct support of your project.

Tom Harris wrote I'm OK, You're OK during the Transactional Analysis phase of management techniques. This little book contains some basic people-to-people relationships that are almost immediately recog nizable but heretofore didn't have names. The book became the starting point for several comedic spin-offs (I'm OK, But I Don't Know About You), but nevertheless it has a lot to say.

Written for both team leaders and executives, Glen M. Parker's Cross-Functional Teams provides checklists and sample training programs to help establish effective teams. His data is based on his consulting experiences with many large and medium businesses and will help you in your search for the right training courses for your projects.

The following seminars and subject areas are recommended for this level.

The PMI seminar "Contracting and Procurement Management" covers the procurement process from start to negotiation and award, then through performance and completion for project managers to understand their roles as well as the roles of procurement personnel.

The PMI "Risk Management" workshop uses an array of practical management tools to build risk models for standard risk identification, quantification, qualification, response development, and risk control. The idea is to establish a common approach that can be used for all projects, not just one.

The AMA seminar "Effective Project Leadership: Building High Commitment Through Superior Communication" covers not only basic communication but the specifics of team dynamics and conflict management as well. The seminar covers communicating during project planning, implementation and closure and the "nits and grits" of running effective meetings, what to do when crisis hits, performance reporting, and building commitment to the project.

Suggested Reading

Allen, David. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Australian National Training Authority Standards and Curriculum Council. National Competency Standards for Project Management. Volumes 1, 2, and 3. QLD, Australia: Yeronga, 1996.1 Blanchard, Ken. GungHo! New York: William Morrow, 1997.

-. The One-Minute Manager. New York: William Morrow, 1999.

Blanchard, Kenneth, et al. Leadership and the One-Minute Manager. New York: William Morrow, 2001.

Christopher, William F., ed. Handbook for Productivity Measurement and Improvement. New York: Productivity Press, 1993. Covey, Stephen R. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990.

Dinsmore, Paul C. AMA Handbook of Project Management. New York: AMACOM Books, 1993.

Dixon, Miles, ed. APM Project Management Body of Knowledge. Peterborough, U.K.: Association for Project Management, 2000.2 Evans, James R., and David L. Olson. Introduction to Simulation and Risk Analysis. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1998. Harris, Thomas A. I'm OK, You're OK. New York: Avon Books, 1996. International Project Management Association. IPMA Competence Baseline, Monmouth. U.K.: International Project Management Association, 1999.3

MacKenzie, R. Alec. The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management, 3rd Edition. New York: AMACOM Books, 1997. Parker, Glen M. Cross-Functional Teams. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2003.

Project Management Institute. PMI PMBOK. Newtown Square, Penn.: Project Management Institute, 2000.4

Seminar Contacts

Contracting and Procurement Management

PMI SeminarsWorld Registration

Des Plaines, IL 60018 USA

For a summary of the seminar, see: pdc_sw_reginfo.asp

Risk Management

Mailing address same as above.

For a summary of the seminar, see: pdc_sw_td_risk.asp

Effective Project Leadership: Building High Commitment Through Superior

Communication—S eminar#6585-XNET

American Management Association

1601 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212 586-8100

Fax:212 903-8168

Customer Service: 800 262-9699

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