Douglas Brown is the author of multiple books in the Simmer System series, starting with
- Let it Simmer: Making Program, Portfolio, and Project Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization, and
- Simmer Down! How to Deliver Successful Projects Despite Impossible Deadlines and Unreasonable Budgets
He has a PhD from the American University and holds the PgMP, PMP and CSP certifications. He has over 20 years' experience as an internal senior manager and as a consultant with private industry and government organizations. His particular specialty is helping organizations get control of their situations quickly using the people, data and resources they already have, before making expensive long-term investments. You can learn more about the kinds of work he does at www.decisionintegration.com. He lives with his wife and dogs in Alexandria, Virginia.
Unrealistic or impossible, maybe, but that's all you're getting. What's a project manager to do? This book explains how a project gets on the board in the first place, and provides many tips on how a project manager can influence the action in the early stages and even after work begins to obtain and maintain the most reasonable possible expectations for cost, schedule and scope.