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How to successfully manage any project while eliminating bureaucracy and red tape

The project-driven approach has proven its value, leading to spectacular results--projects delivered faster and at a more reasonable cost than ever before. Problem is, the project management process used for large projects is too cumbersome and bureaucratic for the projects most of us face, and is often more complex and costly than the problems it is designed to solve. Sound familiar?

Just Enough Project Management integrates today's most effective project management information and tools into a uniquely straightforward process for managing small to medium sized projects. This valuable and timesaving manual will provide you with:

  • A versatile four-step process to initiate, plan, control, and close your next project
  • Customizable templates to help you get projects up and running with a minimum of wasted effort
  • Tips, techniques, and war stories from the front lines of contemporary project management

The fundamental goal of project management is to produce the desired results, on time and on budget. Let Just Enough Project Management show you how to get back to that goal and manage projects that successfully transform your objectives into immediate bottom-line results, instead of simply creating more projects.

About the Author

Curtis R. Cook, Ph.D., is the former president and CEO of Novations Project Management and a globally renowned project management authority.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071445404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071445405
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Brown on October 4, 2007
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This book is about right for a new project manager or a small project (hopefully these would both go together but so often it does not). It is also quite useful for an experienced project manager of a smaller project looking for that line that separates the least amount of control from sheer negligence. This book is a little heavier than that, but still pretty light.

It is not quite as useful as the Dummies series in terms of a full service solution but really, despite the titles, those are not for novices. This book has a reasonable enough approach and reasonable enough templates to implement it.

The drawback I found was that the author uses relatively trivial illustrative "projects" so that newbie can understand the principles without getting hung up on details. The problem is even as a trained project manager the examples of PM applied to such simple things as "weekend at the country cabin" projected precisely the image of absurd over-control that is the thing that frightens PM opponents in the first place. For a real newbie, it could even more scary because if that is what you have to do for something so obviously simple, how much overhead goes with a real project?

That is really a minor quibble, though. If you are introducing a novice to the idea of PM, or if you are introducing PM to a nervous organization, this book might be a good place to start as a base case. It is certainly about the closest thing I have found in the past months of looking for such a solution.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pulpit Pounding Political Pundit on January 6, 2008
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I was looking for a good basic book to recommend to some PM-phobic coworkers and found the Idiot's and Dummie's editions rather pale and useless.

I especially appreciate Cook's emphasis on using just the right amount of PM and not letting the PM process overwhelm the actual work!

This book was exactly what I was looking for. Not too PMBOK-heavy and not too dimwit-light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Hemmer on June 23, 2009
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My team was looking for a resource to help us expand our knowledge of project management. We have an online certification available but after previewing a few of the classes, we knew we wanted something easy. This book is the perfect quick and dirty synopsis of managing a project. It's all here, organized well and easy to reference. The group liked it so much, we bought on for everyone in the leadership class at our organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AbbyJ on September 30, 2012
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It's a great book for people looking to get quick hands on training on project management. Personally speaking, I bought it because it was mandated for my Graduate Studies Engineering Project. But then I found that this book is helpful in many real life management situations too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Red Sam on July 19, 2011
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This book quickly plugged some of the holes in my understanding of project management. It also made the PM discipline more accessible and scalable for smaller projects. And there are a lot of small projects.
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The book holds its promises. It gives a brief discussion on some essential components of project management. Ideal for everybody who wants to get a quick start in project management.
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