We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com April book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:
- Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
- Discussion thread on ProjectManagement.com with input from the book club host and author. During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
- Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar. The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.
The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense.
All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.
Our book club book for April is Collaboration Tools for Project Managers: How to Choose, Get Started and Collaborate with Technology by Elizabeth Harrin.
Elizabeth Harrin has over fifteen years’ experience in leading IT, business change and process improvement projects in the UK and France. Today she works in healthcare and also runs her own company providing copywriting services to project-related businesses. Elizabeth is the author of four books and the award-winning blogger behind GirlsGuideToPM.com. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @girlsguidetopm.
About the book:
Today’s project leaders face the challenge of managing projects effectively using tested and reliable methods while innovating with new methods to meet the demands of their global and technology-savvy team members and stakeholders.
Information travels faster than ever before. Project managers are called upon to produce relevant and up-to-date project information, increase productivity, and deliver results through top-notch communication tools.
Social media and online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have rapidly changed our world outside of the workplace. These platforms and other tools such as wikis, instant messaging, and big data repositories offer exciting possibilities to improve project team collaboration and stakeholder communication in the workplace as well.
Since project managers rely on communication and effective team management skills, they need to keep up with the fast pace of change, technological trends, and the latest business drivers that help move organizations forward.
In Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Elizabeth Harrin builds upon her 2010 book, Social Media for Project Managers, by providing the latest information, success stories, and an easy-to-follow guide to implementing online collaboration tools and helping to overcome obstacles.
In order to communicate faster, work virtually with people across the globe, and get better business results, project teams should explore how online collaboration tools can deliver project success and improve business value.
Our April book club host is Tara McCallum. Tara A. McCallum is a CEO and founder of Tara A. McCallum Inc.; a minority woman owned business. As a strategic consultant she has partnered with such organizations as Bank of America, CHEP, VF Corporation, Accenture, and The Department of Defense. Having worked as a consultant with various organizations Ms. McCallum has used her talents to complete projects in SAP, ERP, and OCM; often with a focus on Project Management. Ms. McCallum has also worked in Development, Training and Delivery, as well as Procurement. Additionally, she is a member of Project Management Institute, ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) and Scrum Alliance. Ms. Tara A. McCallum graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources Management. She currently holds certifications from Purdue University in Lean/ Six Sigma, Instructional Design and is also a Certified Scrum Master. In her spare time Tara enjoys volunteering for The American Red Cross, The Boys and Girls club as a big sister, Portamento’ of Hope – a homeless outreach kitchen, as well as her church.
To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.
Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page.
For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.