Two Project Managers on a tour of Milan is the fruit of both
authors' many years of experience with leading projects and their
deep-rooted interest in the qualitative, methodological and
interdisciplinary aspects of Project Management, and attests to the
value of ongoing learning both as a life-long stimulus and
professional necessity. To make their experiences in the field
concretely transferable and, therefore, really useful, the authors
have adopted an innovative approach in which the methodological,
practical and metaphorical dimensions merge into a multi-faceted
and original text, the aim being to convey the complexity of the
experience while at the same time maintaining a strong focus on
reader involvement and receptiveness. The lesson-stories are
recounted over the course of an actual journey and consist of a
series of episodes on the move: mini-tourist itineraries which
enable the reader to explore Milan and collect the post-cards
(fact-sheets) for each lesson at the same time. Following the
knowledge area structure adopted in A Guide to the Project
Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - Fifth Edition, the
most authoritative text on the subject, each chapter of the book
corresponds to the specific knowledge area indicated in the title,
which provides the underlying theme for the stories recounted in
the episodes. The book's two narrative levels (Project Management
and the tour of Milan) share a common characteristic: both are
based on an objective account of the facts (the real-life project
episode and the Milan tourist notes) to which a subjective element
is added (the lessons learned of Project Management, the feelings
generated by the city). In other words, the ups and downs of
professional life are not merely itemised but are decoded along the
way, not dramatised or declaimed but understated, pared down to
their essential key elements. Who is the book aimed at?
Principally: university students, future managers, to prepare them
for their imminent entry into the professional world by simulating
probable career scenarios that sooner or later they will come up
against; aspiring managers, to provide them with an effective
manual to consult when needed; and lastly, those who occupy mid- to
high-level positions within an organisation (project managers,
managers, consultants, executives), to enable them to both compare
their own professional experience with that of others and help
junior staff develop their own skills and abilities. And lastly,
some practical notes. Each episode takes the form of a dialogue
between the two authors (identified as PMHIM and PMHER simply in
order to draw attention to their professional role - PM or Project
Manager) and uses colloquial language and expressions. Parts of the
narrative relating specifically to the Project Management
discipline are shown in bold type to highlight their technical
content. The tourist notes have been put in italics and are
indented, so as to create a visible and not just conceptual
parallel narrative. The lessons learned are placed at the end of
each episode and take the form of easy-to-consult, detachable fact
sheets. The layout followed is: title, what to do (the lesson
description), options (not recommended), reason why, pros/cons,
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