Working Up!: From Asphalt Plant to Corner Office : Tools & Techniques for the Project Manager's Trade

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Lessons Learned on the Road from Plant to Pentagon To do a job well, you need the right tools for the job, as any skilled tradesperson will tell you. Project managers, however, do not have a standard set of tools. In fact, sometimes they have to make their own. In Working Up! Dwayne Phillips describes the tools and techniques he first encountered as a laborer at an asphalt plant, working summers during college. These lessons guided him as he went on to a successful career as a systems developer, IT manager, consultant, and author. From a unique synthesis of two work environments -- an asphalt plant and a white-collar office building -- Phillips helps managers develop tools from their environments and construct a management approach that works. Topics include: * matching tools to environments * learning through experience * working with and through people * chance -- and risk -- at work * and much more