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Projects Are about What?

by Hal on March 24, 2009

in PM practice, PMI, agile, books, teams

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One of my project blogging friends, Bas de Baar, has begun a compilation of his posts that he's calling the Project Shrink Linear Edition version 0.1. It's an unbook. I don't know if Bas is calling it that, but he's creating it in that way. I'm a big fan of his thinking and his writing. Bas hits the nail on the head when he says, "Projects are about humans."

Projects are about humans.

You'll like his writing. He mixes personal experience with stories and just enough philosophy to be interesting, but not boring.

He's made a good start compiling his blog posts into chapters. I particularly like Flexible Mind, OODA: Individuals Interacting and Adaption in Projects. Bas shows his distinctive views in these three chapters.

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Project Sociology
  • Chapter 3: Social Groups
  • Chapter 4: Flexible Mind
  • Chapter 5: Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Chapter 6: Social Networks And Game Theory
  • Chapter 7: OODA: Individuals Interacting
  • Chapter 8: Resilience
  • Chapter 9: Panarchy: Complexity On Multiple Levels
  • Chapter 10: Adaption In Projects

How many more chapters will there be? I don't know. Keep checking in.

The Project Shrink Linear Edition is currently available for free. I don't know if that will continue. In any case, if you're not a subscriber, then I encourage you to do so. While you're waiting for this book to come together, check out his last book, Surprise! Now You're a Software Project Manager.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bas March 25, 2009 at 6:16 am

Wow Hal, thanks! really glad you like it. speechless … :)

I intend to keep it free for a longer period. I hope to release an update every month… and thanks for the link to unbook… yes it is exactly that… thanks for giving it a name.

Thanks again for the support.


2 Venkatesh Sambikal March 30, 2009 at 8:32 am

Excellent post! The unbook is a great term, I hope it’s free till I read all of it -Another great work on PM : Critical Chain by Goldratt. Bas should write a book !

3 Project Management Form November 4, 2009 at 12:59 am

That’s a great idea … this is a nice collection and will help newcomers get oriented more quickly!

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