Results Without Authority: Controlling a Project when the Team Doesn't Report to You
When you're a project manager with a team of people who don't technically report to you, your challenge is to get Results Without Authority. This book delivers proven techniques for controlling projects and managing diverse teams in a wide variety of situations, and bringing those projects to successful closure. The concepts in this book are essential for all project managers, with and without authority, because they offer a productive alternative to "command and control" management techniques that can easily backfire. Tom Kendrick's system will help you get successful project results from diverse, cross-functional, virtual, outsourced, and other types of project teams by showing how to establish and build: Control Through Process. Key project management processes, infrastructure, and the role of the project office. Control Through Influence. Productive leadership styles, reciprocity, and maintaining relationships. Control Through Project Metrics. Quantitative, predictive, diagnostic, and retrospective metrics for project control, motivating desired behaviors, and avoiding potential problems. Control Through Project Initiation. The role of the sponsor in project control, the importance of project vision, project launch documentation, and the project start-up workshop. Control Through Project Planning. Collaborative planning as the foundation of project control; planning as a key factor in setting baselines and establishing metrics. Control During Project Execution. Measurement and interpretation of project status, informal communication, and maintaining relationships as keys to maintaining control. Control Through Tracking and Monitoring. Controlling scope and other project parameters; formal project communication and reporting, rewards and recognition, and project reviews. Enhancing Overall Control Through Project Closure. Sign-off, evaluating retrospective project metrics, celebrating, and rewarding the team; improving long-term project control through lessons learned. Packed with invaluable guidance for controlling projects of all scopes and in any field, Results Without Authority will help novice and experienced project leaders get the best from their project teams.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RobinJacksonPearson - LibraryThing
This simple book made a huge difference for me. Above and beyond validating my gut-level common sense, Results Without Authority provided me with realistic and specific advice that worked in practice. Read full review
Other editions - View all
activities analysis approval assess balanced scorecard behavior breakdown structure budget build Chapter collect commitment communication complete contract control your project cost credible cycle deal decisions defined develop diagnostic metrics discounted payback discuss effective effort ensure escalate establish estimates execution Gantt chart goals Hewlett-Packard hygiene factors ideas identify individual influence involved issues malicious compliance measures meeting ment milestones minimize options organization organizational outsourced overall project participants person PMBOK potential predictive metrics priorities problems proj project baseline project charter project contributors project control project documents project leader project management project metrics project objective project planning project processes project review project scope project start-up workshop project status project team proposed relationships requests requirements resolve responsible retrospective metrics schedule simple payback specific staffing status reports successful team members things throughout your project tion tracking tracking cycle variance verify