Successful Outcomes for Everyone

Successful Outcomes for Everyone

How to tackle big and unusual jobs without being a project manager

About the Book

Imagine your boss comes to you and says: “i've got an opportunity for you to step up and make a name for yourself!  the <major event> is coming up on <date> and I want you to manage this event for us. I know you don’t have prior experience as a Project Manager but you are a good operator and I have every trust in you.  Just tell me what you need.”

What do you do?

One option is to go down to the bookshop, or to Amazon.com, and pick up a few books on project management; or perhaps go online and see what courses or materials you can pick up there

Another option is to go it alone and just jump in and do the task, figuring it out as you go.  But how will you know what do?

A third option would be to find a project manager who could advise you and mentor you – but when you’ve spoken such people in the past they speak in such specialised and complicated ways.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a book that speaks to you in simple terms and that guides you to do the right things in a way that you understand?

This book is made just for you: to give you a start on your first big project, but without loading you up on a whole new language and / or a whole bunch of new complexity.

I've distilled the idea of project management down to a few simple principles that you can remember easily or count on the fingers of one hand - literally, because there are 5 principles, one for each finger and your thumb.

This book won't tell you what to do, but it will help you pick the best of your skills and other peoples in order to work out what's important to do and what you can ignore.

About the Author

Adam Russell
Adam Russell

Adam Russell is a highly experienced digital delivery professional with a deep understanding of the management of software development and systems integration projects.

He builds on 40 years’ experience in the software development industry, starting as a developer and then moving into the realms of technical support, and finally project management.  Adam has worked for some of the largest companies in Australia, such as News Corp, IAG, Telstra and BHP. He has also worked for global vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Wang Labs and Wipro.

Adam's experience in startups and working with smaller software companies has instilled the delight of nimble and agile approaches to delivering customer value.  At the same time Adam’s extensive enterprise experience has developed his deep understanding and strong capability in effective IT Governance.  Adam aims to implement governance with a combination of both discipline and agility: strong and disciplined controls where needed, but with agile independence and flexibility that focuses on customer value developing the products.

Whilst at Telstra, Adam managed the PMO for the largest internal software development team, which included up to 700 personnel at its peak size, of which 70 worked in the PMO, covering Project Management, Release Management and Test Management functions, as well as a finance and administration function.  The Program of work for this team varied but was up to $500m per annum of capital expenditure at its peak.

Adam’s strength is to bring together people from all areas of the company at all levels to work on value delivery via software or digital components.  Adam loves to solve complex problems in highly dynamic and often chaotic digital environments, and thrives on building digital products and bringing them to market. 

Adam does this by keeping focus on the outcomes that need to be delivered and by bringing people on the journey.  Although experienced in most traditional plan-based (Waterfall) and Agile methodologies, Adam doesn’t use any particular, preferring to assess each problem on a case-by-case basis and selecting the minimal toolset that is necessary to support each project.

Adam has designed and written many PMO processes and rolled these out to his staff as well as personnel in other teams and companies. 

Adam’s complete work experience, publications and other information can be found on LinkedIn, at the url: https://au.linkedin.com/in/adamr99 

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