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Parviz F. Rad, PhD, PE, CCE, PMP, is an independent project management consultant with over 35 years of professional experience. He has participated in the development and enhancement of quantitative tools in project management in a multitude of disciplines, including software development, construction, and pharmaceutical research. He has authored and coauthored more than 60 publications in the areas of engineering and project management. Dr. Rad holds an MSc from Ohio State University and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ginger Levin, DPA, is a senior consultant in project management with more than 30 years of experience. She is also an adjunct professor for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in its Master of Science in Project Management program and serves as the university’s program specialist in project management. Dr. Levin received her doctorate in public administration and information systems technology from The George Washington University (GWU), an MSA from GWU, and a BBA from Wake Forest University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Management Concepts; 1 edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567261663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567261660
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Duke on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
A much needed book for project managers but written in a disjointed fashion, with inaccessible templates results in a book that falls short of its potential.

Approximately 75% of this book consists of very detailed templates, tools, checklists, and so forth that would be vastly more useful if they were made available in electronic format; either on a CD or from a web link. If they were more accessible, the price tag would be more appropriate.

The other 25% contains some valuable points, but unlike the publishers description this is not easy to read. Check the amazon text rating and you'll see that this is a dry, academic read that doesn't go well with a Sunday cup of coffee. The authors do classify metrics into things, people, and enterprise metrics, which is logical and convenient. But the writing style does not match the templates. In fact the templates and the body of the text could as well be two separate books as there are few practical links between them.

The contrast between the theory covered in the text and the practical applications of the templates simply does not work. I had high expectations for this book, and I admit that I did get a lot out of it. But it could have been better (and more reasonably priced.) Hopefully it will inspire someone to create a better project metrics guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lev Virine on January 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Metrics for Project Management is not a regular project management book. It is a practical tool for project and program managers who want to implement project management metrics in their team or organization. The book includes a large number of templates or instruments intended to facilitate implementation of measurement related to all aspects of the projects.

These instruments are related client requirements, project planning, project quality, project risk management, teamwork and performance measurements, and other aspects of project and portfolio management. The authors recommend setting up and metrics system within an organization as a comprehensive program that needs to be properly designed.

Sometimes it is difficult for many organizations to establish a comprehensive formalized metrics management program. In this case, we recommend our clients to start with some elements of the program outlined in this book and have actually implemented a metrics system for project risk management as recommended by the authors. Essentially, we programmed a number of instruments related to our risk management system to our software RiskyProject. By combining instruments from the book and our software, our clients were able to establish very effective project risk management process.

The value of metrics in project management is often underestimated. Always remember that you cannot control something that you cannot measure. I strongly recommend Metrics for Project Management for everybody who wants to establish a metrics system in their organization.

Lev Virine, author of Project Decisions: The Art and Science
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