Praise for ‘From Technical to Exceptional’
My project management students all have the same basic question: How do I move from my career as technical expert to project manager (and beyond)? My usual answer is that it is the intersection of preparation, opportunity, and availability. They need to be trained, there needs to be an opportunity or opening, and they need to be available (i.e. not working on another critical project they cannot leave).
The most difficult part is to help them understand that training for management isn’t just technical – it requires a whole shift in mind set and mastering important new vocabulary and soft skills. Andrew’s book does a wonderful job of distilling the “soft” preparation into a key areas such as the need to have a more business-focused mindset and to assume the role of trusted advisor.
Well written and easy to follow, I’m planning to recommend this book for many of my project management students.