IPMA International Project Management Association
1 March 2017 / 7:58

Bedtime Stories for Project Managers

After reading hundreds of books about project management I often have the feeling that I´ve seen everything and there is nothing new and exciting… However, I was made aware of an exciting new book called “Bedtime Stories for Project Managers and others with trouble sleeping” written by Marisa Silva, a passionate PM Consultant. The book recalls the time when we were read a bedtime story by our parents which caused us to dream and to build a fascinating world with our imagination. Do projects keep you awake nowadays? Marisa´s book isn´t a manual of how to manage projects, it´s rather a simple bedside book of stories and a means of reflecting our day-to-day project management practice.

The book reflects on ten great stories, such as “The Emperor´s new clothes”, “The Six Blind Men and the Elephant” or “The Wolf in Sheep´s Clothing” and transfers their wisdom into the world of projects and project management. For example, like in the well-known story of the Emperor´s new clothes, projects are often not viable, benefits are over-estimated and unrealistic, but the sponsor has so much faith in the project or is regarded as having such authority and credibility in the organisation, that no one dares to confront him with the truth, or in other words: the project is naked! Key learnings are provided for every story and help us to make the wisdom of the old stories available for our daily projects.

And the moral of all stories? Marisa Silva concludes as follows: “A paradigm that views projects not just as investments but also as legacies, that represents a conscious, sustainable project management, and where the success of the project goes beyond the quality, time and cost triangle, but rather is measured by the satisfaction of stakeholders, impact on short and long-term and real value delivery, is wanted. A vision that brings a new tomorrow … It´s time for us to write a new chapter for the discipline of project management.”


  • Marisa Silva says:

    Many thanks for the review, Reinhard! Very happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  • Dr. Valerie Denney says:

    I agree completely. Many will say that project success is the integration of cost, schedule and scope (technical). Stakeholder satisfaction and the realization of future business is the key to business sustainability.

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Author of this post

Dr. Reinhard Wagner has been active for more than 35 years in the field of project-related leadership, in such diverse sectors as Automotive, Engineering, and Consultancy, as well as various not-for-profit organizations. As Managing Director of Tiba Managementberatung GmbH, a leading PM Consultancy in Munich/Germany, he supports executives of industrial clients in transforming their companies towards a project-oriented, adaptive and sustainably successful organization. He has published more than 40 books as well as several hundred articles and blog posts in the field of project management. In more than 20 years of voluntary engagement he served the German Project Management Association (GPM) as well as the IPMA in various roles and was granted for his international commitment with the Honorary Fellowship of IPMA and several of its member associations. He received his doctorate in the field of projectification of society and continues to be active in it through his research and lectures.