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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme 4th Edition

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From the Back Cover

Unlock your potential and achieve breakthrough performance in project management

If you're looking for a more robust approach to project management—one that recognizes the project environment and adapts accordingly—then this is the perfect resource. It not only guides you through the traditional methods, but also covers the adaptive and extreme approaches as well. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of each one and know exactly when and how to use them.

You'll also be introduced to the Adaptive Project Framework, which arms you with a new project management methodology. And with the help of two new case studies, you'll be able to put these ideas into practice and experience some of the contemporary nuances of projects.

This definitive guide to project management shows you how to:

  • Take advantage of new variations on traditional project management methods, including risk assessment and control
  • Decide the best method for managing specific types of projects by analyzing all of the pros and cons
  • Apply the Adaptive Project Framework to the world of fast-paced, high-change, and complex projects
  • Create a war room to successfully manage multiple team projects
  • Determine how project portfolio management approaches can help companies achieve a greater return on investment
  • Utilize all nine Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI)

About the Author

Robert K. Wysocki, Ph.D., has over 40 years' experience as a project management consultant and trainer, information systems manager, systems and management consultant, and training developer and provider. He is the founder of Enterprise Information Insights, Inc., a project management consulting and training practice. Wysocki has also written 15 books on project management and information systems management.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (December 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470042613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042618
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 21, 2002
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I purchased this book because I was looking for material to prepare the PMP certification exam. The book is easy to read and the concepts and key terms are clean and well explained. However, from my point of view, is too shallow to be fully "effective". I've been managing software projects for the last 6 years and, after reading the book, I felt that it didn't cover all my expectations, for example, treatment of Critical Chain Project Management is little more than a quote of its existence.
Anyway, if you are looking for an introductory book on PM I think is a pretty good book, but remember, to gain more in depth knowledge on particular subject matters you'll have to look at the references.
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By A Customer on August 27, 2003
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An excellent book on management of IT projects. The author discusses three different kinds of project management: Traditional, Adaptive and Extreme. The book is worth the purchase price for just the discussion on the Traditional project management method. The material about "Adaptive" and "Extreme" variations are icing on the cake.
What I like about this book is that the author effectively acknowledges the shortcomings of traditional project management and does not harp on its dogma. The material on adaptive project management offers a way out for those projects where the method of implementation is so unknown that traditional full-court project management practices will only hurt and not help. Much of the information on adaptive and extreme project management is similar to the "extreme programming" methodology, but specifically targeted towards a project manager.
I think this book is an excellent purchase. It is well written and succinct (unlike the 1000 pages of bullet-points from a competing author). Other reasons to purchase the book are its reasonable price and the fact that you get a trial version of Microsoft Project 2002 with it.
I wish the author had gone into greater depth about earned value. I have found earned value difficult to do without good support from the project management tool (calculating BCWS for example is tedious to do by hand); every time I tried to do earned value for a real project using MP98 or MP2000 the tool has crashed on me.
In summary I believe that this is an excellent book, and should be read by every project manager.
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By A Customer on August 14, 2003
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There is a complete PM education in this fairly compact book. The third edition touches upon non-traditional project management. In other words, project management in real life as opposed to what is in most every textbook.
To me the value of the third edition lies in Robert Wysocki's recognition of projects where either the goal is clear but the methods aren't, or where even the goal is unclear. These types of projects seem to predominate in IT. This book is worth purchasing for the insight that the authors bring into the non-traditional non-textbook real-life projects.
The prose is clearly written and reads very tightly. Contrast this to the random collection of thoughts in Kerzner's book. This book is written for the practitioner, though someone taking a college course in project management would also benefit.
Excellent book, at an excellent price. You can't go wrong.
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The knowledge offered by the authors is easy to read, yet structured and very applicable in today's chaotic project environment. The How to use a JPP session to construct and analyze a project network is really good. The result of its application is impressive. The milestone charts introduced to monitor and control project progress is unique. A good investment for any practioner of project management.
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After having read dozen of books on this specific topic, I believe that this book is a remarkable tool for an experienced Project Manager. Wysocki,Beck and Crane did a very good job, because they have analyzed in a layman's language the most significant issues on this field. Very applicable information, well structured with easy to understand and implement examples. Their approach is customer orientated and one can learn how to monitor and control the process of a project, organize, recruit and manage a project team as well as estimate the length of a project. However, it addresses to experienced Project Managers with hands-on experience on CPM, Network scheduling and PERT method.
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This book covers the fundamentals of project management but lacks details. It also lacks simplicity and consistency. The Critical path example discussed on p. 132 to 134 is confounding (especially the part explaining the difference between free and total slack). Better and more lucid examples demonstrating the various topics covered in this book would have made this book a 'standard' must-have.
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I find this book superior to Harold Kerzner's respectable text on project management with the definitions, examples, and overall layout of the book being clearer and more easily understandable. The principle obstacle to engineering management (and project management in general) is the precarious "balancing act" managers have to maintain proper technical quality within a reasonable budget and timeline. This book is succinct in presenting this and comes with an informative CD-ROM for further studies. It is a highly recommended addition to any manager's library.
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