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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme [Paperback]

by Robert K. Wysocki
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December 18, 2006 0470042613 978-0470042618 4
Unlock your potential and achieve breakthrough performance in project management

If you're looking for a more robust approach to project management--one that recognizes the project environment and adapts accordingly--then this is the perfect resource. It not only guides you through the traditional methods, but also covers the adaptive and extreme approaches as well. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of each one and know exactly when and how to use them.

You'll also be introduced to the Adaptive Project Framework, which arms you with a new project management methodology. And with the help of two new case studies, you'll be able to put these ideas into practice and experience some of the contemporary nuances of projects.

This definitive guide to project management shows you how to:

  • Take advantage of new variations on traditional project management methods, including risk assessment and control
  • Decide the best method for managing specific types of projects by analyzing all of the pros and cons
  • Apply the Adaptive Project Framework to the world of fast-paced, high-change, and complex projects
  • Create a war room to successfully manage multiple team projects
  • Determine how project portfolio management approaches can help companies achieve a greater return on investment
  • Utilize all nine Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI)


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Unlock your potential and achieve breakthrough performance in project management

If you're looking for a more robust approach to project management—one that recognizes the project environment and adapts accordingly—then this is the perfect resource. It not only guides you through the traditional methods, but also covers the adaptive and extreme approaches as well. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of each one and know exactly when and how to use them.

You'll also be introduced to the Adaptive Project Framework, which arms you with a new project management methodology. And with the help of two new case studies, you'll be able to put these ideas into practice and experience some of the contemporary nuances of projects.

This definitive guide to project management shows you how to:

  • Take advantage of new variations on traditional project management methods, including risk assessment and control
  • Decide the best method for managing specific types of projects by analyzing all of the pros and cons
  • Apply the Adaptive Project Framework to the world of fast-paced, high-change, and complex projects
  • Create a war room to successfully manage multiple team projects
  • Determine how project portfolio management approaches can help companies achieve a greater return on investment
  • Utilize all nine Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI)

About the Author

Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D., has over 40 years' experience as a project management consultant and trainer, information systems manager, systems and management consultant, and training developer and provider. He is the founder of Enterprise Information Insights, Inc., a project management consulting and training practice. Wysocki has also written 15 books on project management and information systems management.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470042613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My entire professional life has been focused on project management in one way or another. First as a practitioner starting in 1963. PMI wouldn't arrive on the scene until 1969 and so I was on my own. As a result I'm self-taught and all of my books have grown out of my practice of the profession. I grew up to be a consultant, then a trainer, and now an author. I'm currently writing my 22nd book tentatively titled "A Practical Enterprise-level Project Management Model." My signature book is "Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme." Now in its 6th edition it is used in over 300 colleges and universities worldwide and is also a best seller in the professional reference market. Being a best-seller in those very different markets is unique. All of my books are theoretically sound and PMBOK compliant but they grew out of my own personal experiences as a project management consultant. I hope you enjoy the practical nature of what I have learned and have shared about the practice of project management.

Customer Reviews

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book March 21, 2002
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book because I was looking for material to prepare the PMP certification exam. The book is easy to read and the concepts and key terms are clean and well explained. However, from my point of view, is too shallow to be fully "effective". I've been managing software projects for the last 6 years and, after reading the book, I felt that it didn't cover all my expectations, for example, treatment of Critical Chain Project Management is little more than a quote of its existence.
Anyway, if you are looking for an introductory book on PM I think is a pretty good book, but remember, to gain more in depth knowledge on particular subject matters you'll have to look at the references.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, yet succinct August 27, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
An excellent book on management of IT projects. The author discusses three different kinds of project management: Traditional, Adaptive and Extreme. The book is worth the purchase price for just the discussion on the Traditional project management method. The material about "Adaptive" and "Extreme" variations are icing on the cake.
What I like about this book is that the author effectively acknowledges the shortcomings of traditional project management and does not harp on its dogma. The material on adaptive project management offers a way out for those projects where the method of implementation is so unknown that traditional full-court project management practices will only hurt and not help. Much of the information on adaptive and extreme project management is similar to the "extreme programming" methodology, but specifically targeted towards a project manager.
I think this book is an excellent purchase. It is well written and succinct (unlike the 1000 pages of bullet-points from a competing author). Other reasons to purchase the book are its reasonable price and the fact that you get a trial version of Microsoft Project 2002 with it.
I wish the author had gone into greater depth about earned value. I have found earned value difficult to do without good support from the project management tool (calculating BCWS for example is tedious to do by hand); every time I tried to do earned value for a real project using MP98 or MP2000 the tool has crashed on me.
In summary I believe that this is an excellent book, and should be read by every project manager.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The third edition is excellent August 14, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There is a complete PM education in this fairly compact book. The third edition touches upon non-traditional project management. In other words, project management in real life as opposed to what is in most every textbook.
To me the value of the third edition lies in Robert Wysocki's recognition of projects where either the goal is clear but the methods aren't, or where even the goal is unclear. These types of projects seem to predominate in IT. This book is worth purchasing for the insight that the authors bring into the non-traditional non-textbook real-life projects.
The prose is clearly written and reads very tightly. Contrast this to the random collection of thoughts in Kerzner's book. This book is written for the practitioner, though someone taking a college course in project management would also benefit.
Excellent book, at an excellent price. You can't go wrong.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to the earth July 3, 2000
Format:Paperback
The knowledge offered by the authors is easy to read, yet structured and very applicable in today's chaotic project environment. The How to use a JPP session to construct and analyze a project network is really good. The result of its application is impressive. The milestone charts introduced to monitor and control project progress is unique. A good investment for any practioner of project management.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book for Project Managers July 31, 2001
Format:Paperback
After having read dozen of books on this specific topic, I believe that this book is a remarkable tool for an experienced Project Manager. Wysocki,Beck and Crane did a very good job, because they have analyzed in a layman's language the most significant issues on this field. Very applicable information, well structured with easy to understand and implement examples. Their approach is customer orientated and one can learn how to monitor and control the process of a project, organize, recruit and manage a project team as well as estimate the length of a project. However, it addresses to experienced Project Managers with hands-on experience on CPM, Network scheduling and PERT method.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but not enough coverage June 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
This book covers the fundamentals of project management but lacks details. It also lacks simplicity and consistency. The Critical path example discussed on p. 132 to 134 is confounding (especially the part explaining the difference between free and total slack). Better and more lucid examples demonstrating the various topics covered in this book would have made this book a 'standard' must-have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of best works for overviewing project management December 7, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I find this book superior to Harold Kerzner's respectable text on project management with the definitions, examples, and overall layout of the book being clearer and more easily understandable. The principle obstacle to engineering management (and project management in general) is the precarious "balancing act" managers have to maintain proper technical quality within a reasonable budget and timeline. This book is succinct in presenting this and comes with an informative CD-ROM for further studies. It is a highly recommended addition to any manager's library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TPM book,
This is a great TPM book. Yet, having said that, looks like I have gotten bitten by the Agile/Scrum bug recently, and I think while TPM is here to stay, the new IT PM is going to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Saras G. Asnani
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Business
Very satisfied with my order. It is exact as was described during purchased. It did arrive on time without any issue of concern. I do love your business.
Published 12 months ago by Victor G. Whern
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a glossary
I've had my PMP since 2006, been managing projects for longer. This book is promoted by the PMI. I bought it after attending the North American Global Congress in 2008. Read more
Published on June 12, 2011 by Scott Styles
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard-setting textbook on project management
This is a substantial, substantive overview of project management. Students could use Robert Wysocki's book as the text for a survey course about various professional approaches to... Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction the basic principles, concepts, and approaches to...
Project management is often treated as a belief system and adherents to one cult reject and condemn all others. Read more
Published on July 5, 2008 by Craig Matteson
4.0 out of 5 stars a good tool for teaching and working
The presented methodologies are very reallistic and up-to-date. The way the information is organized, could be more user friendly.
Published on June 4, 2008 by José Carvalho
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a great book
even though it is outdated. You have all the major ingrediants for PMP.
It is very low cost. The computer software MS 2003 is outdated, but you can download the free trial... Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by Donald Hsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It's a good book on project management. I wish it was more in line with the standards from PMI. Also covers some advanced topics such as portfolio management but not in much... Read more
Published on September 23, 2007 by Bali Zones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for a beginner
If you are a practicing project manager, you may not find this book very useful. If you are new to Project Management (or planning to move to Project Management), then this book... Read more
Published on January 18, 2007 by Renu
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if you want your team's project to succeed
Don't buy this book if you're memorizing answers for some PMP exam.

But if you've got a real software project you need to deliver, and you've got a team looking to you... Read more
Published on September 30, 2006 by paulsm
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