Project Soup: In Search of the Perfect Metaphor

soup bowl1Today, I’m excited to announce the launch of my new book: Project Soup: Recipes for Managing to Success. As I put this book together, I searched for a meaningful metaphor that would convey help convey the purpose of the book: to provide a collection of step by step articles and essays (a.k.a. recipes) that outline the steps involved in resolving a variety of situations that you may encounter on your project.

And then it came to me: soup. Think about it – the making of soup is very much like the process of implementation. From creating the recipe (strategy), determining the spices (assessment), selecting the ingredients (acquisition), cooking the soup (development), adjusting the heat and seasonings (training & testing) to “soup’s on” (realization), there are remarkable similarities.

Take the Executive Chef. His or her role is just like that of the Executive Project Manager. With oversight of the kitchen, the processes, and the people, the Chef is responsible for the outcome – the quality of the soup. What the Chef can do is apply expertise and experience to change the outcome as the soup-making progresses. The Executive Project Manager has management and oversight of the implementation project. He or she is responsible for the outcome – and, just like the Chef – overcoming any obstacles that hinder progress. And what does the Chef rely on when he or she encounters a new problem or situation – a recipe book.

So, if you are looking for a complicated step by step approach for planning and managing projects containing charts, graphs, pictures and complex diagrams, then this is not the book for you. If you are looking for an easy to read book that provides tips and techniques in easily relatable, digestible nuggets; then you are in the right place.

Project Soup: Recipes for Managing to Success is now available in eBook format from Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and, the Sony Reader Store and many more.

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