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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  843 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The Art of Project Management covers it all--from practical methods for making sure work gets done right and on time, to the mindset that can make you a great leader motivating your team to do their best. Reading this was like reading the blueprint for how the best projects are managed at Microsoft... I wish we always put these lessons into action!" --Joe Belfiore, General ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 29th 2005 by O'Reilly Media (first published April 1st 2005)
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Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-related
I bought this book to help get me up to speed when I unexpectedly became the interim project manager for several important products my company was developing. I began the book with no knowledge of how things were supposed to be done and ended feeling confident that I could take on what was asked of me. Although the book is written for developer-cum-project managers and I'm in marketing, there is a wealth valuable information presented in an engaging and pleasant-to-read manner that will teach yo ...more
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you read one book about managing (software) projects, this might be it. It doesn't touch on the various (software specific) methodologies that people deal with (and become obsessed with). But it touches on all of the other stuff besides those process-y things - people, politics, getting things done. If you've already been successful, maybe you don't have to read this. But you should, just in case, because you never know when you might be doing something that is secretly working against you. ...more
Apr 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Every project/product/program manager should read this book at lest once in 6 months.
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
I've read a lot of project management books that talk about the specific processes and practices you need to execute. This is the first book I've read that deals with the "softer skills" of management & leadership and I found it to be very enlightening.

If leadership doesn't come naturally to you, this book can help you understand the skills necessary to do more than plain project management. If leadership does come naturally, this book can give you insight as to the things you are doing that mak
John McElhenney
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Berkun was there at the dawn of IE 3 - 4 - 5. What a task trying to manage the MS development teams as they tried to define the uber-browser and then build it. And then miss deadlines. And then remove features. And then miss more deadlines. And then ship. And then fix.

Not so much a project management book as a people skills and leadership book of wisdom.

The book was renamed recently by O'Rielly books in an attempt to make it more marketable.

Berkun is poetically clear. "Art" is in this book.
Nathanael Coyne
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the best book on project management if you actually want to know how to manage projects in the real world. Fun and easy to read, a great source of inspiration - I find myself flipping through it every couple of days to help ensure I've properly thought through everything when putting together my work plans. ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I thought this book presented a lot of extremely practical suggestions for managing projects. It's geared towards software development, but most of the ideas seem applicable to other areas. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book contains so many obvious questions/remarks that it's too hard to always take all of them into account. Thus one should browse this book from time to time to pick at least one and reconsider. Some random picks: "How to know you are in a difficult situation" (p. 209), "Trust is lost through inconsistent behavior" (p. 236), "Know the critical path" (p. 261), "Who else is competing for the same resources?" (p. 334) and many many more. ...more
Samir Majhi
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Was meant for the waterfall age.
Not very useful now.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Project management is much more than sum of project manager activities; it involves all the actions performed by team members in project planning, managing or closing phases. It is fair to say that it takes more than successful project manager to have successful project, that everyone in project team contribute to its success.

"The Art of Project Management" written by Scott Berkun is a book every project manager should read, presenting all important project aspects and not focusing on any specif
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thick, funny,lots of stuff here. ...good recommendation from Barbara's sister Kathleen. This is a dense topic, but I am really enjoying his humor and thoroughness. He is definitely coming from a web project manager background, and this has like 500 pages. So I am hovering at page 250...a section about decision making.

This is a really good chapter for me to absorb, because he talks about how sometimes you have to make a quick decisions and while you have to make good decisions, often you don't h
Glenn Burnside
Oct 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This isn't a bad book. If your job is to wrangle project through to delivery, this is probably a good book to have read through at least once. Unfortunately, it suffers from the fact that Scott Berkun's total project management experience is from inside Microsoft. So, everything in this book assumes that you're a PM on a GIANT project, working with hundreds of people and multiple internal organizations. If you're the project manager at a small company, with four developers and an analyst, for ex ...more
Michael Ryan
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When Scott Berkum was a Project Manager at Microsoft, bringing new products and operating systems to market, he came to work each day with the mantra "Make Good Things Happen." For that reason, if for no other, this book deserves to be read by every software PM.

After a few years in the industry, software PMs tend to come to work with unspoken mantras like, "Avoid being shafted," "Identify a scapegoat," "What's our exit strategy?" "Distance myself from that decision," "Die rather than tell the t
Ben Haley
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Scott does a good job of applying his experience managing the development Microsoft's Internet Explorer to the process of managing (tech projects) more generally. His key points are directed towards customer driven design, milestones, planning documentation, group communication, and whiteboards (which he loves). If you think you should read this book, you are right, if you think you should not read it, right again.

Marce Scarbrough
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on project management I have ever read. The author does a great job of combining theory and reality, in a way that is much easier to understand than the PMBOK. I really enjoyed this book. The chapter on office politics in particular was good and should be expanded into a book of its own.

My only suggestion would be to expand this book to make it more general and less software industry specific.
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A great process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone entering into a project management role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes. ...more
Salim Hayran
Sep 23, 2007 is currently reading it
It is one of the grate process-driven procedural textbook - I recommend this to anyone who is working as the project manager role, far above anything I've seen from the PMI. Good, basic skills and perspectives to guide your actions - lots of good responses to real-life common failure modes. ...more
Tyler Gooch
Pretty good informal look at project management. A little heavy on the IT project management (could have used more non-IT examples), but I would recommend for anyone interested in project management but not actively involved.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Personal MBA
Shelves: business
Even though a lot of it was familiar, I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those that I think I would have benefited from when I was younger, and I think newer managers would find it a great resource! ...more
Oct 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I learned quite a few things from this book. The usual information about the importance of schedules, specifications and requirements, and communications are in there. Part 3, Management, added more value to me than other project management books--this is where things "get squishy". ...more
Jonathan El-Bizri
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone managing a technology project
This is a great book on software project management that focuses on the things that will actually help one do ones job, rather than the things that just assure your boss that you are overworked and miserable.
Michael Morris
Jan 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is very engaging for the subject matter. It is primarily about project management in terms of software development, but even non-project managers can benefit from the topics of organization, critical path planning, stakeholder awareness, and what it takes to make a project successful.
Hugh Griffiths
I kinda thought the best bits in this were when *not* to use different project management techniques, that you only use them as long as they're working. And I love his attitude that management isn't there to make people work harder, that actually people pretty much do that themselves. ...more
Lee Gingras
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good book on project management at a philosophical level, but very little nuts and bolts. That can be fine, though - there's a lot of nuts and bolts books out there. More importantly, it has great references and citations! ...more
Apr 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great PM book with hands on experience insights.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
A great work-through of project management techniques for a team setting. Not as solid for a freelancer, but a good book none-the-less. Scott Berkun is a hilarious writer too, which always helps.
Feb 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, pm
I thought this was a really good intro to project management. He has a lot of good things to say.
Behzad behroozan
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business-read
Was a typical PM book. Not very practical, but described some good case studies.
Sergey Pustylnikov
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked it. Clear rendering of the author's view. I think it's applicable in different spheres of life. ...more
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Scott Berkun is the author of four popular books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. His many popular essays and ente ...more

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