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Project Management (Briefcase Books Series) Paperback – November 5, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0071379526 ISBN-10: 0071379525 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Briefcase Books Series
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071379525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071379526
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything You Need to Help Your Company­­ and Your Career ­­as a Successful Project Manager

Effective project management is valuable in any field­­and will enhance your career at every level! Project Management provides a step-by-step, all-inclusive introduction to the tools and techniques necessary to spearhead your next project, and bring it home on time, on budget, and at performance levels that will add directly to your company's bottom line. Turn to this latest addition to McGraw-Hill's skills-based Briefcase Books series for hands-on methods you can use to:

  • Stay on top of all aspects of your project: process, interpersonal, and organizational
  • Forge a spirit of cooperation­­and achievement ­­among diverse team members
  • Deal effectively with all the contingencies, foreseen and unforeseen that always come up in any project

In today's environment of tight margins and tighter turnarounds, the effective project manager is often one of the most valuable and rewarded members of a workplace team. Let Project Management show you how to master every aspect of this important role, and give you the confidence you need to guide each project to its satisfying, successful completion.

Briefcase Books, written specifically for today's busy manager, feature eye-catching icons, checklists, and sidebars to guide managers step-by-step through everyday workplace situations. Look for these innovative design features to help you navigate through each page:

  • Clear, concise definitions of important terms and concepts
  • Tips and tactics for smarter project planning and execution
  • Proven how-to hints for addressing specific situations
  • Practical advice for minimizing your mistakes
  • Warning signs and red flags you must constantly watch for
  • Case studies of effective project managers in action
  • Procedures and techniques for managing projects more effectively

About the Author

Gary R. Heerkens is a consultant, a lecturer, and president of Management Solutions Group.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Judith H. Barnes on May 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a down-to-earth, hands-on guide for new project managers as well as for those who are experienced, but still struggling with attaining successful implementaiton of projects in their organization. It provides a very "grounded" approach--the author's extensive "real life" experience was obvious. The book focuses largely on the technical aspects of projects, but also very nicely brings to light the key human elements (effective team leadership, stakeholder management and communication) that are critical for project success. I also liked how it mixed the strategic and tactical elements of project management into a kind of "best practices" guide to project managers. The layout and storyline are designed to be a quick, easy reference and a fun read.
From the perspective of both consulting and project management within my own firm, but also in my experience of working with clients who struggle with understanding and implementing successful projects, this is an excellent resource for them
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judith H. Barnes on May 2, 2002
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This book is a down-to-earth, hands-on guide for new project managers as well as for those who are experienced, but still struggling with attaining successful implementaiton of projects in their organization. It provides a very "grounded" approach--the author's extensive "real life" experience was obvious. The book focuses largely on the technical aspects of projects, but also very nicely brings to light the key human elements (effective team leadership, stakeholder management and communication) that are critical for project success. I also liked how it mixed the strategic and tactical elements of project management into a kind of "best practices" guide to project managers. The layout and storyline are designed to be a quick, easy reference and a fun read.
From the perspective of both consulting and project management within my own firm, but also in my experience of working with clients who struggle with understanding and implementing successful projects, this is an excellent resource for them.
Judith H. Barnes
Vice President & Senior Consultant
Strategic Management Group, Inc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been in the field for roughly 10 years and I find this book to be provide sound theortical and practical advice. There are a lot books that explain the theory/science of project management (pm), but few that also deal with the art of pm. Yes, advanced theories and methods are useful, but 80% of your time is spent on the basics, which most PM get wrong, at least part of the time, during a project.

The book's focus in on-track. It provides the author's personal perspective and advice based on "war wounds." I use it as a primier reference for day-to-day issues on projects and serves as a useful reminder on issues we take for granted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russ Hurlbut on November 27, 2001
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As an experienced project manager, I've read many of the popular books on project management. This book ranks with the best of them because it contains a broad range of experience-based practical ideas. Best yet, it's very easy to read and full of thought provoking information that's easy to apply. I haven't found this in many other PM books. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Carter on July 12, 2004
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This is an excellent text for indviduals new to project management as well as experienced project managers. While short on advanced project management tools and techniques, the book does provide solid advice and best-practice guidance for achieving project success...well done! One recommendation would be to package a CD with document templates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peg Brodner on November 16, 2001
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As someone who is new to project work, I was looking for a book that would be somewhat easy to read, yet informative. This book definitely did it! It is very well organized and tells the story of a project manager who was introduced to project management by accident. The topics are introduced in easy to read chapters that unfold in the same order as projects do - very helpful in understanding how things "fit".A lot of good information is provided on planning, team-building, budgeting, scheduling, communication, documentation and project close-out. The book is loaded with tips on how to do things better or smarter.This book helped me really understand project management and gave me a number of the tools I need to be able to manage my projects successfully. If you're an experienced project manager, this book may seem a bit basic, but would still be a good review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Schecter on April 29, 2002
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Gary Heerkens has done an excellent job of breaking project complexities into direct and understandable terms. This book is useful for both the new and experienced PM. For new PM it is clear and understandable. For the experienced PM it shows useful approaches that we have forgotten (or do not want to admit we never knew). This book gets to the important and useful info and cuts through the bull.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RA on April 9, 2004
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I too have read a lot of project management books, and found this one to be one of the best. It is written clearly and simply and is helpful to both new and experienced project managers. It is a good book overall. I might recommend a certain chapter from book X and a different chapter from book Y to someone, but I would recommend this whole book.
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