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Project Management: A Managerial Approach [Hardcover]

Jack R. Meredith , Samuel J. Mantel Jr.
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August 23, 2011 0470533021 978-0470533024 8
Meredith's newest edition of Project Management focuses on all facets of the steps needed to successfully manage a project - from planning and resources to budgeting and more. An important goal is to appeal to help those preparing to take the PMBOK certification exams of the Project Management Institute. Revisions for the 8th Edition include a more consistent writing style throughout, content updates in some chapters, additional examples of some concepts to make them easier to grasp, and improved visual elements to make the textbook and online resources easier to understand and navigate.

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470533021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470533024
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY - DO NOT BUY! September 27, 2003
By A Customer
This book makes learning Project management difficult. It does not clearly define anything. It is full of endless (and senseless) babble and author's "opinions" very few facts. I fully believe this is a required text because of the website Wiley created and the "bonus" cd of Project 2002. The website makes teaching the class a breeze, it gives the teacher quizzes and tests, therefore, the teacher doesn't have to muddle through the maze of crap to find out information. The quizzes are not general but tipically, "what message did the author's try to convey on page such and such".
This book is not worth it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!! January 31, 2013
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This is the worst written text book I have ever had to purchase for a class and I would strongly encourage any professors out there looking for a text book to explore other options and any students to drop any class that requires this book.

The book is written as endless walls of text and the author writes in a very confusing manner making the book 3 times as long as it needs to be. The author wastes line after line of text yammering on about pointless stuff like how we will be covering more of this topic in chapters 5, 7 and 9 respectively. He also uses extensive citations of the works of others to the point that by the time you get back to the main point you forgot what he was trying to say to begin with. Many of his citations are from the 1960's too which makes the book feel really out of date.

If you need this class to graduate and can't drop it and take one with a different text then I strongly suggest buying the Kindle edition since you can search a kindle book and copy and paste out of it. A great trick for learning with this book is to copy and paste a page into Word and then delete all of the superfluous BS on that page and then read the 3 important sentences that are left.

In case anyone doesn't believe me about this book, please see the half page I have copied and pasted here. The rest of the book is no better. There are 590 pages just like this in this book. Really think about dropping the class that would have you read this. I am on Amazon right now looking for a different PM book so I can actually learn this topic. I learned little from this book because real information was just too diluted and I was halfway through the class before I started editing it in Word for myself.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the previous Editions October 13, 2003
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I bought this book because it was required for a class I am taking. I had the 3rd Edition already and wasn't too impressed. But this 5th Edition is much more appealing. I just became PMP certified and reviewing this book before taking the exam was a great primer to get my head out of pure PMBOK and into real world Project Management. The case studies and Directed Readings are great for seeing real world PM activities. I would suggest the book for guidance and classroom type learning. If you're an experienced PM then this book is too academic and won't feed your intellect. Buy something else.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Primer and VERY Boring January 15, 2009
By R
Okay so we all know that PM books can be pretty dry and boring, but wow is this text a snoozer. The case studies are excellent, but general concepts are muddled between the author's opinions, babble, and history lessons.

If you are looking for concepts, facts, examples, and down to earth solutions to common problems, then look elsewhere. Wayyyyy too much babble. I wouldn't use this text for the PMP exam. If youre a "get to the point" kinda guy...this text will continually annoy you.

For the academic classroom its okay only, but get ready to explain concepts and shorten the history lesson. Nice Dilbert inserts, MS Project explainations, and earned value analysis though. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a Seasoned PM April 25, 2008
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Leave this book in the academic community. Ignore it in the real world PM office.
This book puts greater emphasis on academic PM babble than it does on real world project management necessities. As such, the book de-emphasises many important points that are necessary to run a project in the real world.
The critical path method in this book suffers from an -off by one- error. Check the PMBOK (2000) for verification.
The authors made many references to the work of others which made the book twice as long as it could have been. No one had time to read any of the references that appeared to be interesting with hope of finding actual usable and valuable information.
There was only passing references of risk, the importance of communication, personalities, and schedule disruption. There was nothing on these subjects that would assist a PM in the real world.
Disappointingly, this book only used 1/3 of a chapter for Earned Value. It put minimal emphasis on EV other than to provide the equations. EV is very important in the PM world.

The chapter on Project Termination was good. - The rest of the book was disappointing.

This book should be used for academic PM introductory purposes only.

Sorry for the disappoint review but I was disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Ok text book. Gets the general principles across. August 5, 1999
By A Customer
The book provides good insight into project management. Suitable for beginning or intermediate level. A few of the concepts and readings are quite out of date. The third edition was last copyrighted in 1995. This can be an eternity in the fast changing project management arena. An update, to include current (1999) concepts and techniques, could make this an excellent text instead of a good text.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good condition and using it as expected
Published 11 days ago by Frankline Agola
5.0 out of 5 stars Project Management
I purchased this book for a course in Project Management. It contains a lot of valuable information. Buy this book.
Published 4 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Project Management
Great tool for those learning their way in PM. Great for reference material. Really helps if you are new. Worked great for me.
Published 4 months ago by J. eveland
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst textbook ever!!
I have read some bad textbooks in my time, but this one definitely takes the cake. It is dry and very difficult to understand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dawnee
5.0 out of 5 stars MBA
I had to buy this book for my MBA classes. This one was easy to read and I learned alot. Good buy
Published 4 months ago by John Rippberger
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview as in introduction to project management.
The book provided a good overview of the project management. It was easy to read.

Having said that, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luis Quilico
5.0 out of 5 stars School book
This was a needed book for a class in project management. A required read containing pertinent information. Very helpful material relating to project management.
Published 4 months ago by Clyde
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to buy for class
Pretty good book at explaining concepts. I had to buy because of my PM class, otherwise I would not have purchased.
Published 4 months ago by Isis4evr
2.0 out of 5 stars Obligated to buy but the book is terrible.
The book was awful. Had I not needed this for a class in school I'd have returned it after day 1 for a refund. Read more
Published 5 months ago by doghound
1.0 out of 5 stars They sent to me in California a version of the book that should not be...
I did not ask for a copy or international version that should not be sold in the states !
I am in California and the book cover says it should not be sold in the state. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mohammad A. Al-Shaiji
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