Making Things Happen. Mastering Project Management. Scott Berkun. O’ REILLY8. Beijing • Cambridge • Farnham • Koln • Paris • Sebastopol • Taipei • Tokyo. Making Things Happen doesn’t cite specific methods, but focuses on Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on. Available in: Paperback. In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a.

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Scott Berkun, formerly a project manager for Microsoft, has a knack for skipping the complicated jargon and convoluted methodologies that characterize most project management books. Refresh and try again. Not every chapter is equally good however and some sections feel rushed or shallo Scott Berkun proposes an alternative, more casual and empirical approach to Project Management, and many elements of this book highlight that, from the hand-drawn diagrams to the chapter titles and of course the writing style.

Berkun is a big fan of listing common mistakes that people make. A lot of useful information here.

Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Defining the project can be quite difficult.


Highly recommended for CEOs, project managers, and hackers alike.

hhings Oct 23, Johnny Graber rated it did not like it. Jul 19, Lois Keller rated it really liked it. A lot of people work independently and other people only get involved when you screw up or they screw up.

Also make sure you only make decisions on things you need to make decisions on.

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

Lists with This Book. They are a psychological forcing function and lead to three purposes: Though Berkun is, at best, dubious of social media, he does concede […].

Berkun summarizes knowledge gained from years of experience as a Project Manager at Microsoft, from developing a plan all the way to politics.

How excited I was! May 20, Franck Chauvel rated it liked it. It must be the best-selling author that turned those banalities about project management into gold.

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I took a class in software management and the professor used this book as the textbook. Also, this is a good read even if your end product isn’t software-based, but incorporates soft-ware use and practices to deliver whatever your end-product is– information, text, a new procedure, etc.

Berkn value com Excellent book.

Books by Scott Berkun. You can look at a function if you want: Lots of other good stuff in the book, I really liked the section sccott writing good emails as well.

The book: Making Things Happen | Scott Berkun

All of these are illustrated with plenty of great examples — both successes and failures — from his own career as a project manager at Microsoft. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets Why leadership is based on trust. This book was a bit more software-specific than I was expecting, but many of the concepts are applicable to non-software projects. Account Options Sign in. However, as a student then I could not remember or experience all he said in the scogt.

Making Things Happen

Page 42 – The hardest single part of building a software system is deciding precisely what to build. But you need tyings to lead the bug triage and who is looking at the schedule which hy will enforce now. Topics in this new edition include: The last section is called Management, but a lot of it is based on an analysis of what constitutes leadership, how to get power, and how to use power. Sep 12, Phil rated it really liked it Shelves: Always keep in mind the critical path.