How do you design and construct it so that it’s lifted high and strong by the wind? What do you do when it gets snagged in a tree, lands on the roof of a house, or is tangled on electrical wire? How do you retrieve it while keeping it intact?
Similar elements come into play when executing a project. Successful delivery may be affected by obstacles such as erroneous engineering, defective equipment, late arrival of materials, personnel turnover, among others. While prior planning does indeed help, it takes a skilled pilot to build, fly, rescue, and bring down the kite safely throughout the course of its journey, just like it takes a skilled Project Manager to successfully deliver his (her) project.
Like flying a kite, effective project management requires technique, experience and skill to finish the project on good terms. With a combination of practical wisdom borne of decades of experience in international engineering and project management, Why Is It That My Kite Won’t Fly? offers a wealth of research and results-based suggestions for optimizing your approach to project management in a wide variety of sectors.
Targeted Age Group:: 21-65
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My motivation comes from my desire to resolve a universal problem, project execution failure or under performance, as well as, the opportunity to help other professionals get ahead with their careers.
Chapter One: A Distinctive Approach to Projects is Born
Welcome to the fascinating world of project execution!
An idea sparks a concept, and this concept is brought to reality. From conception to fulfillment, there are many plans, large sums of money, intense days of hard work, people coming and going, obstacles and eventualities, conflicting interests, change, tons of decisions, action, completion, celebrations, and lessons. When encountering so many different, dynamic components, project execution requires strategy in order to keep everything working harmoniously.
Why didn’t I choose a different profession? some would ask. The truth is that there are hardly any easy professions where you work little and progress a lot. Project execution requires strategy; it requires effective methods and tools capable of producing the desired results time after time. Many challenges, including constant change, will bombard you as project manager. It can be stressful.
Think of the times when you were successful at executing a project; what worked for you? Now, think of the things that could have been done better; think of the times when the project did not seem to have achieved its goals. What was missing? This book is all about what has been missing, if not in our minds, then in the application of methodologies and tools for managing projects. It is all about taking what is out there that works and making it better. It is about creating new tools so people can be more effective at managing and executing their projects. It is about taking the Project Management profession and raising the bar, aiming at achieving effective and more consistent performance.
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