Note to Readers
From time to time we receive new books from publishers who send them in the hopes that we will read the book and publish an independent review, something we are pleased to do if the book is relevant and interesting. Before publishing our review, we submit a draft to the author or publisher for purposes of ensuring that we have not made any errors of fact. Opinions, of course, are entirely our own. In this case, the content of this book is not only interesting but also has an interesting history in its making. This is explained in a Postscript that follows the review. Ronald Cagle also takes issue with some of our findings in subsequent sections entitled "Issues and Responses"
With this book, we received an AMACOM promotion sheet that observes:
"Project management is a rewarding - and challenging - career and it's also a fast growing one. But in order to get started, those considering a project management career need to find the answers to an almost endless string of questions. What experience and training do they need? What type of certification is required? What does the job consist of? And how can they best manage their careers?"
The promo sheet continues:
"Ronald B. Cagle provides project management novices with the information they need. Readers will find plenty of advice on how to make the transition from their present careers into project management, as well as clarification on important terminology, and a list of courses and educational programs they should consider. The book explains how project management got started, how the field has grown, and where it is headed. It also includes information on typical corporate hierarchy, reading requirements, developing project plans, and executing and closing the project."
"Easy to understand and packed with information, Your Successful Project Management Career contains the crucial tools new project managers need to navigate this exciting profession, and excel at managing the projects that are the lifeblood of any organization."
Well, perhaps ...
Certainly, those contemplating a project management career, or those inadvertently thrust into it as many are, should ask a lot of questions. That's because of two key considerations:
- What area of project management application are you in or considering entering? Or, if you like, what industry? Because you will need to know as much about managing the technology as you will about managing the project.
- Are you suited to project work? Because by no means is every one suited to the project environment.
The background experience of the author is with the so-called high-tech industries. Consequently, the book reflects this experience and is not necessarily true across all industries - especially the more traditional ones. However, with the rapid expansion of projects in the information-technology arena, the book will suit a wide audience.
As to whether or not you are suited to project work in this field in the first place; you'll have to read the book and judge by your own reaction to the information provided. Or take a Myers-Briggs typology test!