How did you become a European project manager?

Because most European project managers are self-taught, the chances are that you learned to master the art of taking the reins through years of hands-on experience and, let’s admit it, many virtual meetings with fake nods and smiles, jotting down notes while pretending to understand.

So, the first idea for a book began with the intention of offering a survival guide to novice European project managers as well as aiding my own understanding of the challenges involved in managing transnational partnership projects.

To me—smelly clothes aside (or not, depends on your project partners)—these consortia often resemble the motley crews found on 17th- and 18th-century sailing ships, composed of individuals from various nationalities, each driven by distinct motivations, yet collectively pursuing a common objective. Nevertheless, anyone who has watched a maritime movie understands that the passage of time can be unforgiving to any crew.

This book challenges the status quo by addressing the often-overlooked aspect of collaboration. In a landscape where project partners are encouraged to work together but left to navigate the complexities alone, this book takes a systematic approach by breaking down different practices and offering tangible guidance.

  • It shows the NUDGES needed to move away from worst practices embedded in the stale, corrosive presumption of “this is just another project.”
  • It explains how to best deal with PUSHES or overt cases of tension, which many times represent action opportunities to turn things around.
  • It illustrates how SHOVES or moments of forced renegotiation might still be the chance to get your project on the right track.

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Giulia Parola, ECSF GmbH

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