Swindon, 31 October 2013: Shortcuts to Success has been shortlisted for the ‘Practical Manager’ category in this year’s CMI Management Book of the Year award. The prize, awarded annually by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in association with the British Library, aims to celebrate the very best in the field of management writing. The competition, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by Henley Business School.

Piers Cain, of the CMI, said: “The standard has been very high this year and we are delighted with the shortlist, which highlights some very key management issues. The idea behind the competition is to highlight nuggets of ‘Management Gold’ to give practical advice to managers in what is a very crowded management and business book market. In truth, too many managers are only just managing, but these books can help them really start achieving. Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted this year.”

Management Gold logoShortcuts to Success – Project management in the real world (Second edition) which was published earlier this year by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, offers advice for project managers on good practice, how to avoid pitfalls and deliver business value.

Author Elizabeth Harrin says: “The news that Shortcuts to Success has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year is a lovely surprise. It is an honour to have had my book selected as a contender for this prestigious award and I am very pleased to have my work acknowledged in this way.”

Matthew Flynn, BCS Book Publisher adds: “We are thrilled to have received this recognition for our publication. The CMI Management Book of the Year award celebrates the very best in the field of management writing and we are very excited to hear that Elizabeth’s Shortcuts to Success has been included on this year’s shortlist.”

The book contains theory and references, along with international case studies, all presented in a highly accessible, readable format. The useful tips on controlling budget, time, scope and people can be applied immediately.

Aimed at both public and private sector project managers, this fully updated edition also reflects changes to working practices such as the use of social media and collaboration tools.

The book is available from the BCS Bookshop, major book retailers and ebook suppliers – for details visit


About the Author

Elizabeth Harrin MA MBCS FAPM is a project and programme manager with a decade of experience managing IT and business change projects. She writes the award-winning blog A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. Elizabeth is a PRINCE2, MSP and P3O Practitioner and a member of PMI.

About the book

Published: May 2013, ISBN: 978-1-78017-171-5

UK Price: £24.99, EU price: €29.99, USD Price: $39.99

Format – Paperback and electronic



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New podcasts released

October 25, 2013

Elizabeth Harrin, Director of The Otobos Group, has been interviewed in two podcasts on popular project management sites recently.

First, episode 240 of Cornelius Fichtner’s Project Management Podcast features Elizabeth talking about three books she reviewed over the summer. That episode is available free here: Project Management Podcast episode 240.

Second, Elizabeth spoke to Cesar Abeid about project communications for his podcast series, Project Management for the Masses. That episode is also free and available online here: Project Management for the Masses episode 12.

“It’s great to talk to podcasters because I get to think about new ideas to share with their audiences,” says Elizabeth. “I try to come up with things that I believe will be relevant to their listeners but that are also interesting for me. I’ve been working on lot on project communications recently, especially regarding project status reports, so it was good to be able to sound out some of my ideas with Cornelius and Cesar.”

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Handbook of People in Project Management published

October 20, 2013

A major new publication about the human considerations of project management has been published by Gower, the Handbook of People in Project Management. The Otobos Group’s Director, Elizabeth Harrin, contributed a chapter on managing social communications. “I’m so pleased to have been involved with this book,” she says. “So many project management thought leaders have […]

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Elizabeth Harrin will be speaking at Conference: ZERO

October 16, 2013

The Otobos Group’s Director, Elizabeth Harrin, will be speaking at the APM and Pentacle Virtual Business School event Conference: Zero tomorrow. This event, held in a virtual conference environment called Qube, runs for 12 hours and delegates can attend from the comfort of their own office or home. More than 30 speakers will explore these […]

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BCS book offers Shortcuts to Success

June 29, 2013

Project managers are under more pressure then ever as businesses look to how they can deliver more projects with fewer resources in the current economic climate. BCS author Elizabeth Harrin says: “The job of a project manager has morphed from someone who is paid to get things done to someone who contributes effectively to business […]

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New book ‘Shortcut to Success’ is out now

May 14, 2013

LONDON, UK, 14 May 2013 - We are really pleased to announce that Elizabeth’s new book ’Shortcut to Success’ is available now at the BCS Bookshop. About the book: Anything from an office move to the Olympic Games can be termed a project, and 97 per cent of successful projects are led by an experienced project manager. […]

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Customer-Centric Project Management showcased at Ørdev 2012

November 3, 2012

Elizabeth Harrin will be speaking about how being customer-centric improves IT success at the 2012 Ørdev conference in Malmo, Sweden. LONDON, UK, 5 November 2012 – A new book which shakes up the whole idea of managing project stakeholders will be the focus of a presentation at the prestigious Ørdev conference later this month. Customer-Centric […]

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: now available in the India Kindle store

September 8, 2012

Kindle Direct Publishing is now available in India, which means you can get Overcoming Imposter Syndrome on your Kindle. The Kindle Store for India is sold to customers in India via Check out for all the books, and get your copy of Overcoming Imposter Syndrome!

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Pre-order Customer-Centric Project Management now and save 30%

September 3, 2012

LONDON, UK, 3 September 2012 – A new project management book which shakes up the whole idea of managing project stakeholders is released next month. Customer-Centric Project Management by Elizabeth Harrin and Phil Peplow describes the way that organizations have had to move towards managing customer relationships just to stay in business, and projects are […]

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Social Media for Project Managers: Now on Kindle!

March 17, 2012

Otobos Group Director, Elizabeth Harrin, is delighted that her latest book is now available on Kindle. Social Media for Project Managers, published by PMI, is available from the Amazon stores globally in ebook format for Kindle devices and Kindle apps. Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still take advantage of the book […]

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