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9 Overall

10 Applicability

7 Innovation

9 Style


Project management pro and military technology expert Dan Ward spices up his informative writing with wonderful asides and management war stories. He writes in accordance with his principles: Ward’s prose is straightforward, lacking in ornamentation and clear. He advocates a simpler-is-better approach to all projects and urges managers to use less money, fewer people and shorter time frames in pursuit of less complex goals. He spices up his informative writing with spark-plug references, including Star Trek, steampunk, Superman, the Death Star, the “Tonto, Frankenstein and Tarzan School of Public Speaking,” and more. getAbstract recommends Ward’s readable, commonsense, no-nonsense, counterintuitive principles of project management to executives, managers, business owners and students, and promises you will laugh as you learn.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply the principles of the “F.I.R.E.” – “fast, inexpensive, restrained, elegant” – approach to project management; and
  • Why it is effective.

About the Author

A low-cost innovation specialist, engineer Dan Ward is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. He plans and develops military equipment.



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    Patrick Brigger 4 years ago
    Good read!
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    Julia Winston 4 years ago
    Loved the point about embracing "storm draining"!
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    Carlos Escobar 4 years ago
    Excellent book, good reading. Valuable principles to consider.
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