Book Club (North)

Date & Time: 

  Saturday 02/02/2019 - 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: 

  La Madeleine (Grapevine)

Book Club (North)

Overview:

There are many ways to improve your professional knowledge and skills. One way is to increase your knowledge by reading current and relevant project management books. We've created book clubs that are designed to be small discussion groups led by a facilitator.

It's an informal group meeting for a Saturday morning breakfast and discussion. One person serves as the facilitator to guide and promote discussion. It is an excellent way to meet other chapter members and open a dialogue regarding trends and challenges experienced by those in project management roles.

Current book:


Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager by Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager book summary

Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore and James Wood, performance improvement consultants at FranklinCovey, invite you to enter the world of "unofficial project managers."

 

If you're struggling to keep your projects organized, Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager is for you. If your team is unable to meet your deadlines, this book is for you. And if you're consistently managing projects despite having no project management training, this book is definitely for you.

 

You're not alone—in fact, your situation is quickly becoming the norm. Project management is the work of the 21st century workforce—companies in every industry require regular team and matrixed team efforts to complete a variety of extremely important endeavors. But, across the board, the success rate of the average company's projects is lackluster. This should come as no surprise when so many employees dread project management. There is a better way. From FranklinCovey management experts Kory Kogon, James Wood, and Suzette Blakemore comes Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager, offering practical, real-world insights for effective project management. Kogon, Wood, and Blakemore understand the importance of leadership in project completion—they explain that people are as crucial as processes in the formula for success, and an effective project manager can't afford to undervalue his or her team. This book guides you through the essentials of the project management process: Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring/Controlling Closing Unofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable "Project Management Proverbs," and quick reviews at the end of each chapter. It's time to change the way you think about project management—"project manager" isn’t your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel. Managing projects doesn't have to be a frustrating process that you merely tolerate in your current position. If you're ready to lead an eager team and exceed expectations, picking up this book is the first step to success.

 

Talent Triangle Alignment:

Technical

Facilitator:

TBD

Location:

la Madeleine French Bakery & Café
900 Highway 114
Grapevine, TX

Cost:

There is no cost to attend this event. Attendees will be responsible for acquiring the book and for covering their food/beverage costs at the restaurant.

Agenda:

Gather at this location, and order your breakfast and coffee. Look for the group in a designated area of the restaurant.

The facilitator will open the session and handle the meeting logistics. Using a book discussion outline, the group will discuss the selected book and upon completion will rate the book. This information is then uploaded to the chapter website.

Other book club business includes:

  • Select future books by popular vote (see webpage for details)
  • Select the meeting facilitator for the next book (volunteer requested)
  • Request a volunteer to write a review for the current book to be posted on the chapter website

Want to learn more? See the Book Club webpage.

PDUs:

You can earn PDUs by simply reading the book. Under the new CCRS guidelines, reading is its own category ("Education - Read"). You can earn up to four (4) PDUs for reading the book selection. You will also earn two (2) "Informal Learning" PDUs for attending the meeting. One volunteer will earn an additional "Giving Back - Volunteering" PDU for writing a book review or (2) PDUs for facilitating the meeting. The alignment to the Talent Triangle will vary based on the book selection. Please note that "Giving Back" PDUs has a maximum allowed per certification cycle.

Please note: Category limitations may apply

Questions?:

If you have questions, please send an e-mail to the book club manager.

 
     
Members Only Event
This event is for Chapter members only. You may join (or add) this Chapter through the PMI Global website (www.pmi.org). We typically receive your new membership information within 24 hours and you'll be able to sign-on to this Chapter website using your PMI ID number (or registered email address).