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Project Management Tools and Techniques: A Practical Guide [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Sater Carstens
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Book Description

This book provides a practical understanding of the tools and techniques for planning and controlling projects. It emphasizes the difference between various tools and techniques and determines how these can be applied during different phases of the project lifecycle. This book presents not only an understanding of necessary project management tools and techniques but also videos to demonstrate the concepts. If readers do not have the Microsoft Project software, they can still view the text and videos on the companion website known as the "Library"

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"… step-by-step tools and techniques on the planning, execution and control of a project … invaluable for the novice/student."
—Prof. William A Moylan, PhD, PMP, Eastern Michigan University, Farmington Hills, USA

"… a very well written book. Simple, easy to follow, extremely practitioner and tool oriented and is very useful in real world from a novice user to most advanced user."
—Dr. Subramanyam Naidu Rayapati, IBM, Austin, Texas, USA

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  • File Size: 48293 KB
  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (May 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CLZT7A6
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I currently work at a startup, and one of the hats I routinely wear is "PM" aka Product Manager, Project Manager, Product Marketing, Problem Maker, etc. I have some formal education in the form of a Certificate in Project Management through a program that is recognized by the Project Management Institute. The core text of most project management programs is the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which is also known as the PMBOK. If this is your first foray into the formal discipline of project management, I'd suggest getting a copy of the PMBOK and skipping this book entirely. The PMBOK gives a very structured overview about the study of project management and it contains several intuitive flowcharts and diagrams that clearly illustrate the principles and goals of good project management. The PMBOK is effectively an ideal framework that project management professionals reference ~ I've been a PM for nearly five years now and I still flip through my PMBOK every once in a while.

While the PMBOK gives a good overview about the discipline of project management, it doesn't actually go into detail on how to do stuff. Knowing about a work breakdown structure and actually building one are two very different things ~ and that is where Project Management Tools and Techniques A Practical Guide tries to come in. By combining the concepts of the PMBOK with modern project management software tools, this book tries to build competence through practical application using Microsoft Project.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of a Business Analysis Text September 25, 2014
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I think the key part of this book's title comes in "tools and techniques." It also say "a practical guide," and I'm not sure it's completely practical. One of the exercises early on in the book is to ask the reader (or student) to list all of the templates in Microsoft Project 2010. Wow, list the templates you can see by opening a program, one of many project programs and also one that is already outdated (2013 is the new release). That's a tool, barely practical--at least you don't the need the book for that.

Anyway, the book veers off to a myriad of decision analysis tools. These aren't really project management tools. In fact, I'm not sure really where they'd be applied except maybe if you were an auditor or maybe just a managerial consultant looking to analyze the costs and structure of an organization. These have value. I like the book. But I wouldn't give book this to a newly hired project manager or someone who is in another discipline and now will be managing a project. In the end, this feels like a good business evaluation book, just not a good project management book.
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This book didn't have a whole lot of what I'd find useful in project management. It definitely is mainly about "tools" primarily meaning Microsoft Project, so if that's not what you use there's not going to be much here for you. You have to have a good knowledge of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) going in, so definitely not for beginners to the field and you won't find anything here about actually managing and leading a team of people. It assumes the reader is in the field of IT and is geared entirely to that area. I found the writing very dry and hard to follow a lot of times. Ultimately this just isn't a book I personally found useful but for someone heavily into using Project to track their projects and is already well versed in the various aspects of PM, there may be some good information here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my "go to" project management book... October 16, 2014
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This book was for my husband; this is his review of it. The book provides the fundamental tools of project management such as project selection, work breakdown structures, activity estimation, and schedules. What too many managers do not understand is that project management is all about dealing with people. The practical guide does not focus on the fact without good people skills, the tools will do nothing but help people document their failures. The appendix provides a significant number of project management template links that were quite helpful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Deeply flawed textbook aimed at the IT industry September 24, 2014
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Prefatory note: I requested this book not because I have formal training in project management and a great depth of knowledge about the field, but because I don't. I've managed my own projects, assisted project managers, and used some of the tools of the trade, including Gantt charts and Microsoft Project. In other words, I'm no expert in the field.

With that out of the way ... Avoid this book!

Why? What's wrong with it? Quite a lot.

First, the writing is bad. Really bad.

This is the first sentence of the book, after the author introductions and the table of contents: "The topic of project management is truly an art seeking science involving the balancing of project objectives against restraints of time, budget, and quality." What does that mean? The TOPIC is an ART that SEEKS SCIENCE? The topic is being RESTRAINED by time?

The first sentence of the second chapter is "The computer field abounds with controversy and different points of view." That's a deep thought, right? When the authors aren't busy writing overly complex sentences that break down in the middle, they're making these sorts of inane observations.

Second, the book is targeted at future project managers in the IT industry. The authors assume that readers are in IT. It's not just that most of the examples are drawn from IT, it's also that they assume readers are familiar with and immersed in the industry.

Third, the authors frequently make bold statements about the world without citation. And whether they cite or not, they present information, often out of context, as if it were the absolute truth. This is not what you want in a textbook.
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