Michael Dobson, PMP

Michael Dobson, PMP, is an internationally known project management consultant, author, and lecturer. He’s the author of 24 books on various aspects of project management, office politics, organizational dynamics, and personal growth.  He is the author of Project: Impossible,Creative Project Management from McGraw-Hill, and six other books on project management.  His book Practical Project Management has sold well over 60,000 copies, making him one of the best selling authors in the project management field. His novels Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur’s War were selections of the Military Book Club, and his simulation game AD&D Battlesystem won the H. G. Wells Award. He contributed the decision theory section for a NASA/USAF Academy encyclopedia of space systems engineering and operations.

As a project manager, Michael helped build the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and led creative and marketing operations for one of the world’s most famous hobby game companies. He is the world’s only private owner of an Apollo spacesuit.

Michael has given well over 1,000 project management seminars on three continents, with a distinguished client list including Naval Reactors, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Union Carbide, NASA, GSA, the Weather Channel, and Australian State Rail, along with numerous PMI-sponsored events.

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of PMI.

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All wars are projects, but not all projects are wars. Your project goes to war when it has enemies — or, in project management terms, "negative stakeholders with an interest in your project's failure," whether they're external or internal. Your risk environment changes, usually for the worse. Your planning must take the opposition into account, and the definition of success often depends on what the competition does.

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