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Project Management: A Managerial Approach Hardcover – August 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470533024 ISBN-10: 0470533021 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470533021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470533024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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This text book is pretty difficult to understand.
W. Ho
In case anyone doesn't believe me about this book, please see the half page I have copied and pasted here.
Lilly St. James
This was a needed book for a class in project management.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lilly St. James on 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 By Arthur Gousby, III on 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 By R on January 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By D. Coleman on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the olde professor on May 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
we used this book in our undergraduate SE project management classes to prepare students to run their senior year project.

the results were great.

this book has just enough explanation of practical techniques, without going into the history and theory of management like the really thick books we use in the graduate courses.

this book covers all the management topics a student or working SE would need to successfully run a project. just add experience and common sense and stir:)

we let the students make their mistakes in their junior year class project while learning pm at the same time. they gain a good appreciation for what the book was telling them to do when they see the problems they had when they ignored (or didnt understand) what they should have done for planning and running a project.

if you are a professional manager, executive, or going for a PMP cert then you will need to follow up with something more detailed. But for initially learning pm andor understanding it this book is excellent.

you dont need to do a project if you read the book and do the exercises/questions. but usign the material on a real project does a great job of reinforcing the need for good pm.

I wish that i had had somethign like this to read when i was starting out. it helps the technical folks understand what management is doing and why, which will help how they interact and will result in a better SE efforts for the overall project.

this is a good introductory book for self study as well as a good textbook. it is worth getting.
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