Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Rick ValergaRick, Welcome to A Girl’s Guide to Project Management Could you please give us a brief description of your book?
The Cure for the Common Project focuses on making the leap from project manager to leader. The process, tools, and templates that you use are just one thing. Low integrity behavior can cause them to be destroyed. If you blame others, what good is earned value? This doesn’t create a strong leadership shadow for the project group. It’s not worth having a project team that works nights and weekends to get a product to market. If the sponsor views the project as a long-term, costly, and ongoing headache, what good is it? This doesn’t honor the sacrifices and hard work of your team.
Integrity is the common thread in all these questions about project leadership. Integrity is the cornerstone of project leadership. This book explains why and gives five Core Themes to help keep integrity at the forefront of your project’s efforts. Even when things get difficult.
It’s a great idea. It is a great idea.
It all started when a colleague asked me for advice on how to manage projects effectively. I have always believed that PMI does a great deal of teaching best practices. I have spent many years putting these practices to good use with great success. However, I believed that the real difference in project leadership was not in the tools and techniques. They were habits and behaviors.
The best PMs had them, while the worst didn’t. I began to think about how to communicate these ideas. I noticed patterns and how they fit into five main themes. These ideas were all my motivation, and I never stopped trying to capture them in a book.
To write a book, you need to be motivated! How long did it take and what was the process?
It took me more than a year to complete. I sought out a lot of feedback. Based on the feedback I received, I kept revising the material. Some of the core material was unchanged since the first time I wrote it. Some ideas were rewritten, as they would make the framework too “busy”.
It was very informative to work with a professional editor! The book is only the beginning, as authors are well aware. There’s also the interaction with audiences through speaking, writing articles and participating in podcasts. Overall, I found the experience to be very enriching.
I did, too. I was also surprised by how much work it takes to turn in a manuscript. It is still a pleasure to talk about the ideas in my books. What was the best part about writing yours
It’s when an anonymous reader is a fan that the book brings out the best in you. I came across an Amazon review that stated: “It’s time someone wrote a book such as this for project managers.” That was really great.
The hardest?
Maintaining balance is the hardest part. Writing requires a lot of concentration for me. In these situations, I would tell my wife in earnest that I would be there. Then it would be 90 minutes and I was gone. We’ve found the right balance and I felt guilty. This book was written mainly after my son went to sleep. I snubbed a lot of television.
Ha! A book is a project. What is your top tip to ensure a successful project management outcome?
My top tip is to be prepared for difficult times. It can be a difficult experience. The best defense against these difficult times is to use integrity from start through finish. You must also constantly be honest with yourself. Do I feel like a martyr over this issue? What can I do today to manage expectations Do I truly want my team members’ success? Are my stakeholders able to agree on the project’s story? These are critical for project leaders to be able to cast the strongest shadow and be able to face challenges head-on.
Thanks, Rick. W

By Adam