Checkered Flag Projects: 10 Rules for Creating and Managing Projects that Win!

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FT Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 146 pages
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Projects are a way of life in today's companies, as people seek to accomplish more with fewer resources, in loosely-coupled and temporary teams. This book focuses on the critical skills every project team member needs, showing how to make the most of both people and technology, and identifying ten rules that dramatically increase the likelihood of project success. Exceptionally readable and entertaining, this project management book delivers skills every project team leader and member can begin using today -- and a systematic framework that can be adapted to any project, no matter how complex or rapid. The authors draw upon the proven GOCART implementation approach (Goal, Objectives, Checkpoints, Activities, Relationships, and Time Estimates) and powerful DRIVER rules for managing team dynamics (Develop, Reinforce, Excite, Vitalize, Empower, and Risk).

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Challenge and Opportunity
Rule One Clarify the Project Goal
Rule Two Use Objectives to Define Responsibilities
Rule Three Establish Checkpoints Activities
Rule Four Supercharge the Plan with a Picture
Rule Five Develop an Empowered Project Team
Rule Six Reinforce Peoples Motivation and Energy
Rule Seven Inform Everyone Regularly
Rule Eight Vitalize People with Energy from Conflicts
Rule Nine Empower Yourself and Others
Rule Ten Risk Being Creative
Driving to the Checkered Flag

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W. ALAN RANDOLPH is Professor of Management in the Robert G. Merrick School of Business, University of Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland, and senior consulting partner with The Ken Blanchard Companies in Escondido, California.

He consults and leads workshops on a wide range of topics, including global business leadership, teamwork, project management, performance management, and empowerment issues, for such companies as Analog Devices, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Robbins-Gioia, Cargill, and the St. Paul Companies.

His articles on empowerment and project leadership have been published in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, and many other leading business journals. With Ken Blanchard and John P. Carlos, he is co-author of Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute, a BusinessWeek best seller that has been translated into 13 foreign languages and recently updated and re-released. Randolph is also co-author of The 3 Keys to Empowerment: Release the Power within People for Astonishing Results.

BARRY Z. POSNER is Professor of Leadership and Dean at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California.

A frequent conference speaker and workshop facilitator, he has worked with organizations including Merck, Hewlett-Packard, L.L. Bean, Alcoa of Australia, TRW, Mervyn's, Lockheed Martin, Levi Strauss, Kaiser Permanente Health Care, Motorola, the U.S. Postal Service, the Conference Board of Canada, Applied Materials, Network Appliance, and Accenture.

With Jim Kouzes, he is author of The Leadership Challenge: How to Keep Getting Extraordinary Things Done in Organizations. With over one million copies in print, this book has been the Featured Selection of several book clubs, was named book of the year by the American Council of Health Care Executives, received the Critic's Choice Award from the nation's book review editors, and has been translated into over 15 foreign languages.

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