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The Deadline by Tom DeMarco
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Apr 05, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: Manager, potential managers, project managers, organizers
Read in April, 2008

Feels as if it's written by they people who'd write a teenage novel, flimsy plot and cliche settings, but this is a great illustration of how a novel can be used as a teaching tool. Want to learn the basics of project management in 300 pages? Here's your vehicle.

I've contented that novels often work better a teaching then do academic books, with the exception of historical works. The story in both cases provides a better method to engage the reader in understanding points of view and providing for abstract examples to fundamental idea.

The cavet is of course that you can't learn Project Management all in 300 pages, it's a "minute to learn, lifetime to master" sort of act, but it's a better introduction then an academic (read dry & disengaged) textbook.

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