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Herding Chickens: Innovative Techniques for Project Management

ISBN: 978-0-7821-4383-6
288 pages
March 2005, Jossey-Bass
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Get The Straight Scoop On Project Management--Ingenious Strategies That Work!

Have you studied the traditional processes of project management, only to discover that in reality they fall short? Are you done with the idealistic theories of how things should function and eager to apply some street-smart tactics that tackle the real problems like egos, cliques, and squabbles?

Welcome to the fine art of Herding Chickens--unconventional, innovative techniques for successful project management. Inside, the authors divulge expert approaches to getting a disparate project team moving in one direction. In their engaging style, they'll show you novel ways to boost efficiency, eliminate chaos, and ultimately complete your project on time, within budget.

A fun and irreverent collection of the most useful tips, tricks, and concrete solutions, Herding Chickens describes how to:

  • Inspire, motivate, and herd your project team--no matter how dysfunctional it is
  • Look ahead to keep from falling behind
  • Read, deal with, and charm all types of people
  • Navigate the corporate jungle with finesse
  • Control all aspects of a meeting, from the time waster to the loudmouth
  • Use technology to enhance organization and communication
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Table of Contents


Introduction: Squawk.

Chapter 1: Building the Killer Project Team.

Chapter 2: Perfect Planning Makes Perfect.

Chapter 3: Tips Not Typically Taught.

Chapter 4: Surviving the Corporate Jungle.

Chapter 5: The Perfect Meeting.

Chapter 6: Awesome Technology.

Appendix: The Chicken Herder?s Toolkit.



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Author Information

David Garrett is a freelance writer for dozens of magazines, including Certification Magazine. David focuses much of his writing on project management. Dan Bradbary, PMP, is a project management guru with over 30 years of PM experience. Dan is the founder of Project Management Services, Inc., a PM firm serving the needs of Fortune 100 companies.
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“useful…this book is worth reading…” (The British Journal of Healthcare Computing & Information Management, Vol 22 (10), December 2005)
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