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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management [Paperback]

Eric Verzuh
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April 25, 2008 0470247894 978-0470247891 3
This is one of the bestselling books ever published on the topic of project management. Now in a revised new third edition, it presents you with a wealth of proven techniques for managing projects—from establishing project objectives to building schedules to projecting costs. It includes all the basics on defining, planning, and tracking a project, as well as building stronger project teams. This new edition includes new chapters on Agile Project Management, PMI exam prep, and more.

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The bestselling introduction to project management—updated and more comprehensive than ever!

This practical, easy-to-use guide gives you instant access to the cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom of one of today's leading experts on project management, Eric Verzuh. Using real-world examples, Verzuh delivers all the information you need to navigate every complex project management issue. This revised Third Edition also includes downloadable, customizable forms to help you plan your project. You'll learn how to build and coordinate teams, set realistic schedules and budgets, design a plan step-by-step, manage expectations, and handle small or large projects.

As the business world has changed, so has project management—and so has this bestselling, comprehensive resource, with important new chapters on Microsoft Project, the PMP exam, and coverage of hot topics such as Enterprise Project Management, Project Portfolio Management, and applying Lean principles to project management. For the best practices and the latest advice on project management, this is the only resource you need.

From the creators of the bestselling Portable MBA series comes The Fast Forward MBA...

  • A quick way to brush up on new ideas

  • An easy-to-use format that fits in any briefcase

  • Real-world information that you can put to use now!

About the Author

Eric Verzuh is President of The Versatile Company, which brings project management best practices to a wide variety of industries and government organizations, including such major corporations as Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nordstrom, and the U.S. Postal Service.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470247894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470247891
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management (Portable Mba Series) This is an excellent book on basic project management, which introduces project manaagement in a reader friendly way. This is more practical book, and not heavily academic. By explaining concepts carefully, it takes the mystery out of the profession of project mangement. It presents a variety of practical techniques for managing projects--from planning project to developing schedules to determining costs and other aspects of project management. Highly recommended.
2. 90 Days to Success as a Project ManagerThis is another excellent book that introduces the project management body of knowledge in a cohesive, concise, and yet comprehensive fashion. Even though the book is compatible with the latest version of the PMBOK Guide, the author presents the material in an original style. Furthermore, the topics are not limited to the boundaries of the PMBOK Guide. For example, the book presents some very useful virtual communication models. Critical points are reinforced through features such as Study Check Points, Success Shots, Notes, and Tips. There is a perfect logical flow throughout the book. Seems like the author follows a famous principle of good technical writing known as the Preacher's xiAom: Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you told them. I take it as a very good feature of the writing style, and not as repetition. I know that this book have been used as a textbook for introductory project management courses at well reputed universities such as Stanford.
Overall, a great book; highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just pass PMP exam March 16, 2010
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I'm a baby boomer who just passed the PMP exam on the first try. This was one of three books I purchased from Amazon to help me prepare and I consider it more or less indispensable.

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management (Portable Mba Series) was not only a great aid to my test preparation, but will also be a good general project management resource going forward. The authors have an associated web site where they make available various project management forms templates (none of the other books had this).

I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book starts off by giving you the reasons that project management (PM)came into existence and why it's so important today.

It quickly then goes into the meat of the matter from the Project evaluation all the way to the project close. The book goes into just enough detail for those thinking of taking up PM for the first time. The prose is smooth and the explanations lucid. In fact its a great book to carry on site as the chapters can be read within one hour at m ost and will quickly bring you up to speed on what may have left your memory since the first reading.

Check out the contents in the look inside feature of amazon to find out what is covered as i will not bother to be redundant here.

Additionally I really appreciate the downloadable forms which can be customized to suit your needs.

In conclusion if you are new to PM get it you won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Project Management Book I've Read October 23, 2009
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As a manager of Project Managers, I look for ways to keep my team informed and using best practices. This book is well organized, has practical examples and easy to follow. I have been giving everyone who joins my group receives a copy for the past 10 years.

I also like that you can just read a chapter or a few pages to refresh yourself on a concept. It isn't a book that you have to start at the beginning in order to get to the point you are after.

I own both the first edition and this improved version and am impressed with the expanded content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great review of the basics May 25, 2009
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Great book for those who want to begin in project management; it is even a recommended reading before getting into the PMBoK. Also a good main index for professionals who will introduce this subject in a group of students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners in Project Management April 22, 2009
An excellent book for beginners learning about project management. This book is easy to read and to understand. It teaches you the basic principles of project management, covering the initialization phase to monitoring and control. It prepares you with basic concepts to learn other more advanced topics in Project Management.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of PM April 29, 2011
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I would say that this is about as entertaining and engaging as a text book manual could be. It is easy to read, well organized, has stories, and gets right to the point. It is helpful, proactive, and designed to be "used", not studied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As advertised September 5, 2010
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This book delivered exactly what I needed as someone interested in PM but not quite sure what it entailed. I could see keeping this handy for a number of years
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Actually using this for a project management course now. Book is pretty good, very detailed. Although I wish it were more detailed and step-by-step, especially on gnat charts and... Read more
Published 22 days ago by latriece
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Project management book
This is a very basic book, however not bad and provides good understanding of the project management activities. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sabrina
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
If you need this for a class I would buy it.... cheaply if possible. It is clearly written, but not that helpful. I still needed youtube videos to do most of my assignments.
Published 2 months ago by SimplyNic
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Project Management... easy read!
Very well written and organized as well as educational... easy read... Beneficial to novice and professional PMs alike... Strongly recommend it!
Published 8 months ago by Franck J. Gérard, PMP
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer in Project Managment
Comprehensive, Easy to Implement. Many practical examples which makes implementation of concepts straight forward. I highly recommend to those with or without prior experience
Published 15 months ago by Arturo Machado
5.0 out of 5 stars Well explained
the book was thorough and everything was well explained and it covered everything which was needed to be covered in the course as well.
Published 16 months ago by Mohsin
5.0 out of 5 stars easy
simple read, and conveniently sized. concisely gives you the information you need, and nothing that you don't. good online resources as well.
Published 17 months ago by twinkster
5.0 out of 5 stars General Overview - Direct to the Point
This book gives a great view of project management adding many information far from just purpose process and documents. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marcos Lahos Romano
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I bought this book for a class in curriculum design and this book simplified project management for myself, and most likely for anyone else who reads it. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Santor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Project Management resource book
I have to admit that I haven't read too many Project Management books, but I bought this one after reading the reviews and it was a good thing to do. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by ocecena
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