The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management

Essential Lessons for Project Managers and Sponsors

This new book is written by Jim Johnson

The president of the United States, when in office, is the most powerful person in the world. As of this writing, there are only 38 men, from George Washington to Ronald Reagan, who have held this esteemed office and who have gone to the great White House in the sky. Currently there are five former presidents who are still above ground. It is important to note that most of these men were duly elected to the office by the majority of the citizens of the United States. Just getting to the office is a major accomplishment, and it took skill and perseverance to rise above their contemporaries to reach the zenith of all positions.

The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management considers 38 brief lessons that these great men have bestowed upon us. It is the author’s opinion that the job of president of the United States requires a lot of the same strengths and characteristics needed by both project managers and executive sponsors. Most projects need both a strong, skilled executive sponsor and a project manager (or if an organization follows an agile methodology such as Scrum, then a Scrum master and product owner); and both positions can learn from our dead presidents.

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