When it comes to project management (or software implementations), ever wish that you had done something differently? Sure, we all have. But you can’t change the past; you can only change the present and the future.
When you think about it, the implementation of enterprise software is a non-glamorous, complex field aimed at implementing systems for large companies and governments that are looking to automate, and hopefully, improve business functions using technology applications. At the end of the day, sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t.
However, one thing is for sure, there is never a shortage of stories to tell. Whether you are reminiscing about the sales process, project team members or steering committee meetings, the people and shared experiences are what make this such an interesting and often humorous business. The human (and humorous) side of projects is something that I wanted to capture and the reason that used a story to communicate the concepts of Project Assurance in my book No Wishing Required: The Business Case for Project Assurance.
While the story in No Wishing Required is fiction, it is based upon real experiences – good and bad – relating to project management and the implementation of enterprise applications technology. This book is both a business documentary of professional growth as well as a cautionary tale for those who don’t want to repeat the past in the future. The central characters in this book: Jenny, Bill, and the FirstCorp project team, are fictional. Any resemblance to actual people or events is purely coincidental (Just like Law and Order).
No Wishing Required is the story of Jenny, an ambitious, yet sometimes naïve project manager who is trying to find balance in both her professional and personal life. No Wishing Required takes the reader through her journey as she struggles with the complications of software implementation projects while juggling the personal challenges that accompany her busy life. Through trial and error and the guidance of her manager and mentor, Bill Parker, Jenny discovers that there is a better way to assure project success.
I hope that you will consider reading No Wishing Required and write a review on-line. It is an easy read and, so far; the response and reviews have been positive. Although the book is available in both Paperback and eBook formats, the Kindle, Nook and iBooks version are priced at just $2.99.
If you would like to learn more about the book, download a sample or watch the video book trailer, please visit www.NoWishingRequired.com.
If you would like to purchase the book or read the reviews, please visit the book’s page on Amazon.com