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"Behind Closed Doors"?

Ilja Preuss
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
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How does the book "Manage It" to the book "Behind Closed Doors" that you wrote two years ago with Esther Derby? As far as I understand, they are both about management - are they about different aspects, tackle the same aspects from different perspectives, or...?


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Johanna Rothman
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Ilja,

Behind Closed Doors is a book about how to manage people. How to hear what they want to do, how to give feedback, how to coach. A bit about managing the project portfolio, strictly from a management position. It's about the people issues in management.

Manage It! is about how to organize the tasks, see the risks, and decide which actions to take when managing a project or series of projects. Although I lean towards agile approaches, I also recognize not everyone is ready for the discipline that is part of agile, so Manage It! guides the reader into more successful options to use on the project the reader is on now. In Manage It!, I talk about how to build a schedule of interdependent tasks. In Behind Closed Doors, the manager might tell someone to do so, but not how.

Johanna


Author of <a href="http://www.pragprog.com/titles/jrpm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management</a><br /> <br />Coauthor (with Esther Derby) of <a href="http://www.pragprog.com/titles/rdbcd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management</a><br /> <br />Author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0932633595/ref=jranch-20" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People</a><br /> <br /><a href="http://www.jrothman.com/blog/htp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hiring Technical People blog</a><br /><a href="http://www.jrothman.com/blog/mpd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Managing Product Development blog</a>
Ilja Preuss
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So would it be fair to say that "Manage It!" is more about the "hard skills" and "Behind Closed Doors" about the "soft skills" of a manager?
 
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