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Fundamentals of Project Management Paperback – February 8, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0814471326 ISBN-10: 0814471323 Edition: 2nd

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"It contains alot of wisdom at a small cost." -- Quality Progress

Book Description

"In today's time-based and cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. With sales of more than 115,000 copies, Fundamentals of Project Management has helped a lot of business people meet or exceed those standards. The updated and revised third edition provides an unparalleled introduction to project management, along with new tools and techniques for planning and executing projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency and productivity.

This new edition includes:

* an overview of recent changes to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)®

* expanded coverage of project risk managment

* how to implement a Project Management Office (PMO)

* and much more

Clear and down-to-earth, this step-by-step guide explains how to effectively spearhead every stage of a project -- from developing the goals and objectives to managing the project team -- and make project management work in any company."

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 2nd edition (February 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814471323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814471326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,516,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James P. Lewis, Ph.D., CIC is an experienced project manager, who teaches seminars on the subject throughout the world. His solid, no-nonsense approach is largely the result of the 15 years he spent in industry, working as an Electrical Engineer, engaged in the design and development of communication equipment. He held various positions, including Project Manager, Product Engineering Manager, and Chief Engineer, for Aerotron, Inc. and ITT Telecommunications, both of Raleigh, NC. He also was a Quality Manager for ITT Telecom, managing a department of 63 quality engineers, line inspectors, and test technicians.
Since 1980, Dr. Lewis has trained over 35,000 project managers. He is the author of 12 books on project management. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Psychology, both from NC State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, and is also a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument practitioner and a Certified Integral Coach(R).
He is president of The Lewis Institute, Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in project management, which he founded in 1981. His company provides a project management certificate program to NC State University's Office of Professional Development. He lives in Fairview, NC, near Asheville.

Customer Reviews

An excellent project management foundation book.
Mirna Orellana-Monterrosa
It had many great examples, but not what I needed which was how to break into a schedule and shorten a schedule.
E. Mettler
The author provides sound, basic information in a format that is very easy to read.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Armando L. Franco Carrillo on June 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been trying for some time to get people on my company to read about Project Management, with no success: even if they start, they don't read more than a few chapters. This book has an exceptional advantage over many other books: It is short, instructive, readable, and fun.
In the last three months, I have convinced four people to read this book, lending to them the copy I bought for the company, and two of them bought a copy for themselves (I almost forgot: it is also very inexpensive :-) ). Afterwards, most of them say that the book does not contain any secrets, but it provides an excellent framework on PM, and wets their appetite for this discipline.
By the way, some of the best books on PM I have read come from Amacom. I'd recommend Team Based Project Management, also by James Lewis, and another great book is Information Systems Project Management, by Hallows.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
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Covers the basics -- but if you have ever read any other book on project management, or managed a project yourself, or worked for a company that has a formal project management process, or gone to a 1-day seminar on project management -- this is not for you. There's nothing wrong with this book, it's very thorough, balanced and well-thought out, but it is definitely aimed at beginners.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2000
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A good introduction to project management. The author provides sound, basic information in a format that is very easy to read. If you have no experience as a project manager and need to get up to speed quickly, this is the best place to begin your study. It won't make you an expert, but it will give you a solid foundation on which to build.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Maxwell on November 5, 2000
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I'm not a project manager. I'm a system administrator for a large website. I bought this book in my previous job because of all the projects I had to handle, either as a lead or as a key team member. Like many people, I'm often a project manager even though I'm not a Project Manager. The book helped some; I got some of the terminology down and at least now I can follow most of a technical discussion about project management.
That said, 80% of project management is common sense and being organized and responsible. The other 20%, the technical side, is useful, but don't fool yourself. There are probably better PM books out there, especially if you're totally unaccustomed to leading any sort of project. But if you're a pretty organized person who just wants to see what the fuss is all about, this isn't a bad choice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
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Most people think they know what project management is all about and might think they don't need, at the very least, a quick prep course in the subject. This book is a wonderful starting point for those people. It's not going to give you all the answers, but it does say some very valid things that most of us just assume we know already.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Palau on March 8, 2003
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If you are looking for a book that introduce you into project management without boring then it's a good point to begin. It'll give you the basis with an easy and nice prose including for non english.
After read it you'll have better criterion selecting another books to increase you knowledge on project management.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2006
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Anyone wanting to get a foothold on the burgeoning field of project management can easily begin with this small book. Its clear and untechnical language flows effortlessly through ten accessible chapters. The author mixes real life anecdotes with the inevitable dump truck full of jargon. This helps pick up the pace considerably (anyone who has read books on project management knows their entertainment value). Also, various aphorisms of project management wisdom dot the margins, including a memorable one from Charlie Brown: "No problem is so big or complicated that it can't be run away from". Most, however, spill good advice for newcomers or seasoned managers seeking a refresh, such as "No plan, no control!"; "Rule: The people who must do the work should participate in developing the plan"; "The WBS is a good way to portray the scope of a project"; "An exact estimate is an oxymoron"; "Project Management is not just scheduling"; "A negative message always takes priority over a positive one"; "Process reviews conducted as witch-hunts will produce witches". One of the book's final quotes recommends that project managers watch the movie "Stand and Deliver" (the one from 1988 directed by Ramon Menendez) for a good example of leadership. This book really covers a lot of ground in some 133 pages.

Readers completely unfamiliar with project management will learn about such things as work breakdown structures, the difference between a mission, a vision, and an objective, project control, earned value analysis, and the ever elusive nature of the work estimate. These tools will help anyone get a handle on managing a small to a medium sized project (for a large project do more reading; much more reading).

Earned value analysis might have been too heavy of a subject for an introductory text.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cenk Ersoy on May 7, 2002
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If you need an easy-to-read, beginners level book for Project Management, this is definetely the book. Very clear writing and good examples. It is a fundation builder for a newbie project manager.
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