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Project Planning, Scheduling & Control: A Hands-On Guide to Bringing Projects In On Time and On Budget Paperback – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Probus Publishing (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557384142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557384140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James P. Lewis, Ph.D., CIC is an experienced project manager, who teaches seminars on the subject throughout the world. His solid, no-nonsense approach is largely the result of the 15 years he spent in industry, working as an Electrical Engineer, engaged in the design and development of communication equipment. He held various positions, including Project Manager, Product Engineering Manager, and Chief Engineer, for Aerotron, Inc. and ITT Telecommunications, both of Raleigh, NC. He also was a Quality Manager for ITT Telecom, managing a department of 63 quality engineers, line inspectors, and test technicians.
Since 1980, Dr. Lewis has trained over 35,000 project managers. He is the author of 12 books on project management. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Psychology, both from NC State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, and is also a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument practitioner and a Certified Integral Coach(R).
He is president of The Lewis Institute, Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in project management, which he founded in 1981. His company provides a project management certificate program to NC State University's Office of Professional Development. He lives in Fairview, NC, near Asheville.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. jingozian on May 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If more project people read, practised and internalized the principles in this book, fewer projects would be out of control. I've been through the text completely, twice, and refer to the sample forms and checklists, often. Have recomended the text to client project leaders who are new to the concept. The Checklist for Managing Projects in the Appendix is a must have for the PM controlling the team. The first few chapters speak to the people side of project management. The middle section is devoted to the computations, PERT, and other statistical measures of project tracking. The final chapters ease back into the management styles needed, dealing with resistence, how to mold the team, and leaves the reader fairly optimistic that the project can be had on time and on budget.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
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I have been in the project management field for over a decade now. The beauty of this book is that it contains the "backbone" of the steps required to manage medium to large-scale projects. It is an easy read, succinct and concise, and it fits easily in your briefcase or on your bookshelf.
I for one have used this book to model many of my projects - especially when I formed a project office when I started with a new company. The PM flowchart (I believe it is now called the Lewis PM Process Flow or similar) is a very handy checklist to ensuring you are properly establishing your project, controlling your project, and closing out the project.
I recommend this to all junior PM's as a fundamental read. I believe it belongs in the library of senior PM's, since it reinforces what we should know (but have probably neglected or forgotten). It should serve as a handy reference to all level of PM's.
One comment I would add, again related to the flow chart - use it to cross-reference the chapters to the related process.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Project Planning Scheduling And Control - Revised Edition James P Lewis McGraw-Hill ISBN-1-55738-869-5 If you are, or want to become a project manager or indeed do any work in connection with the management of projects then this book is essential reading matter. As the tittle implies this book is predominantly about the project planning, control and the techniques used to help achieve the management of successful projects. It does however also discuss, although in less detail, other management areas, including the management, motivation and control of people working on projects. The topic of this book is such a huge subject it is unrealistic to believe that it is possible that one book could cover, in depth, every conceivable area in relation to this subject. Indeed there are hundreds of books on the market that discuss single project management techniques in detail and as such this book does not attempt to make the reader an expert in every possible area of this subject. This book does however attempt to impart knowledge, to the reader, to a level that they are able to understand and apply the tool and methods discussed within. Because of this book can be a useful aid to both a new comer to the subject or a manager that has been working form many years. Neither type of reader will be left grappling for understanding or be left feeling that they are being treated far below their level. If a reader wishes to gain a deeper understanding of any of the topics discuss this book also contains many references and recommendations of books to read to do so.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought so much of this book that I recommend it to all new project managers in my company. Considering both the human and technical sides of project management, the book provides a great step by step approach to the subject. It is this direct applicability to the work of a project manager that makes the book so good. The Project Management Institute's Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) gives information about all aspects of project management - James Lewis's book brings this to life by showing you how to actually execute many of the processes. If I was ever to write a book about project management, which I might, it would probably look like this book, so it saves me the effort!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lamb on August 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a project manager by training, (I've had no formal 'lessons' in the craft,) but I do perform the work of a PM, and this book has been a life-saver at times. It has helped me understand the basics of what I need to do in my current role, and helped me understand what to focus on first to ensure I don't flounder too much. Thank you Mr. Lewis for putting this book together! (I also have your more basic "Fundamentals of Project Management" paperback, also a good buy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Morrill on November 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I haven't completely read the book yet, but it's been very helpful so far. The book is definitely a page turner and does not get too wrapped up on dry theory. The author rapidly fires through most all of the key topics for project management, often citing experts in the field that you can read to learn more.
The author points out that most projects fail because of poor definition. It's unfortunate his book doesn't fully describe how to prevent this, especially when it comes to really connecting to customers and understand what they need out of the project. This might be very obvious if your customers of the project work in your same firm. Of course you may also be the customer of the project. If you're not though, you're going to need more than this book to deliver the *right* product.
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