eXtreme Project Management

Author: Doug DeCarlo
Published: 2004
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
The author presents approaches for succeeding with eXtreme projects.
He defines an eXtreme project as a project that has two or more of the following dynamics in play:

  • High stakes: failure is not an option.
  • Deadlines are short.
  • Innovation is paramount
  • Success is to be measured in bottom-line results.
  • Bureaucracy can’t be tolerated.
  • Quality of life is important.

He proposes a holistic framework which uses leadership qualities, principles and tools that deliver value to all stakeholders in an environment which is highly volatile.
It is people centered, reality based, and business focused.

This is a very well written book, with lots of real life examples drawn from author’s experiences. It also has a fictious but humorous case study to illustrate the eXtreme Project management technique. It is based on the biblical story of Noah’s ark.
A MUST READ for every Project Manager especially those in charge of software projects !
Also browse through the eXtreme Project Management section maintained by the author in Gantthead.com to keep yourself updated on the recent posts and articles on eXtreme Project Management.

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