Project Psychology: Using Psychological Models and Techniques to Create a Successful Project

  • ID: 2090116
  • January 2012
  • 218 Pages
  • Ashgate Publishing
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Why do carefully planned projects fail? Projects are affected, for good or ill, by the humans who undertake them. If the plan fails to take account of the psychology of managing people and the psychology of managing change there may be trouble ahead.

Sharon De Mascia's Project Psychology uses human behaviour and emerging psychological models to provide an insight into the successful management of people in projects. By selecting the right team, facilitating a common vision and by gaining a psychological understanding of how the team and the project stakeholders interact together, a project manager improves the chance of a successful outcome.

Whether you are looking to set up and manage a new project or working to develop the competence and maturity of your organization's project management capability, Project Psychology will provide you with insights and tools for making sense of the people involved and for managing them to best effect.


"This book delivers in detail what its title promises. It looks at all stages and process involved in project management and introduces methods and tools from Psychology (particularly Work and Occupational Psychology) READ MORE >

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List of Figures vii
List of Tables ix
About the Author xi


Chapter 1 The Project Team: Skills and Attitudes
Chapter 2 What Sort of Leader Should a Project Manager Be?
Chapter 3 Building the Project Team and its Culture
Chapter 4 Coaching the Project Team
Chapter 5 Engaging Stakeholders
Chapter 6 The People Side of Communication
Chapter 7 Managing Risk in Projects
Chapter 8 Managing Conflict in Projects
Chapter 9 Project Management and Change Management
Chapter 10 Using Your Project Board
Chapter 11 Do Organisations Learn From Failed Projects?
Chapter 12 Project Wind-Down


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Sharon De Mascia is the Director of ‘Cognoscenti', a business Psychology Consultancy. She is a Chartered Business Psychologist and a HR/HRD professional. She has extensive project management experience and is Prince2 qualified as well as being an experienced Coach.

She has 20 years experience of delivering change management and other organisational initiatives across both public and private sectors. In the past she
has worked with: Dorset Training and Enterprise Council, the NHS, Tyneside Training and Enterprise Council, The Employment Service, The Highways
Agency, The Co-operative Insurance Society, The Vita Group, and Mendas.

Sharon is an assessor for the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council and an examiner for the International Baccalaureate in

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