2006: “Surprise! Now You’re A Software Project Manager!”
2009: “The Shrink On Project Management”, free download
2010: “The Fish Pond Metaphor: Complexity of Management”, together with Ali Anani, free download
Surprise! Now You’re A Software Project Manager!
It’s late Friday afternoon and you have just been told by your boss that you will be the project manager for a new software development project starting first thing on Monday morning. Congratulations! Now, if only you had taken some project management training…
This book was written as a crash course for people with no project management background but who still are expected to manage a small software development project. It cuts through the jargon and gives you the basics: practical advice on where to start, what you should focus on, and where you can cut some corners. This book could help save your project… and your job!
ENDORSEMENTS AND REVIEWS
“Bas de Baar’s book rises above the sea of IT project management books. In his approach he teaches us to adopt a different mind set and focus on the people rather than on the tools. And with IT projects always being so tool centric, this is a valid lesson for any new software development project manager.”
- Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, ThePMPodcast.com
“Bas has the right idea behind what project management is all about! Surprise! is a fun read but chocked full of great advice, practical process steps and tools that any budding project manager can use to manage their projects more effectively. But more importantly, Bas focuses on communication as the main competency necessary to be a successful project manager. Managing projects is really about managing communications on your projects. Bas gets that! This is a super primer that I would recommend to anyone embarking on a new project – software related or not.”
- Dina Henry Scott, PMP, ControllingChaos.com
“I would recommend this book to any project manager no matter whether he is in software business or not. The work reveals the pitfall all other project
management books try to avoid – the HUMAN FACTOR. I believe this manual is the link between project management theory and reality.”
- Sergei Toropov, Marketing Director, VIP Quality Software
“I must say: I like your writing style. I can tell you have been in the trenches of real projects (unlike some theoretical books I’ve read). I like the way you present topics in simple terms, using real life examples that new PM’s can easily understand. Then you move to more textbook terminology.”
- Jack Black, editor PMConnection.com
“The biggest difference I see in this book is that the author has not written this book based on any industry standard methodology or theory. He has written this book based on his own day to day experiences in Software Project Management, which most of the project managers would like to read, share and learn.”
- Thushara Wijewardena, PMP
“Truly insightful information delivered in a fun read. A short cut to
an experience level you can only get from managing tons of projects
followed by light years of introspection. Whether you are a new PM or
have been at it for years, this book will capture your attention from
the first page.”
- Terry L. Taylor, IT QA/QC Manager
“The book provides all the necessary projects basics, mixed with insights and many practical hints, which should make the first few weeks in the new role much easier than before. If your are looking for a good, practical introduction into the purpose and process of software project management, this book might be for you.”
- Rainer Volz, Virtual Projects.
“Filled with great personal experience and insight!”
- Francois Gagnon ing.jr., developer, Quebec
“The title of your book made me curious about it… could it really be that someone has written a book on how to manage a project, in a way that I can understand and apply? I’ve looked at quite a few other project management books, but there was so much mumbo jumbo in it, it was really discouraging… Thankfully I found your book!
Bas, you really have done a tremendous job in explaining in easy to understand terms what is needed when you manage a project. All the practical information is there, and it really gave me the confidence to take charge. Thank you so much.”
- Erwin Steneker, Editor CustomerServicePoint.com