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
In Working Up to Project Management, 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
matching tools to environments
learning through experience
working with and through people
chanceŅand riskŅat work
and much more
Insights From the Book
"In this book, I attempt to pass along lessons
I learned from working at an asphalt plant. If you remember
little else from of this book, please remember the following
I can learn something anywhere.
I can learn something from anyone.
"I hope these remain true for me, for the remainder
of my life, and I hope you can apply them as well."
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