- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme 4th Edition
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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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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.
The book is an accurate, factual description of the major aspects of project management. However, instead of acting as an instructional text, it reads like a study on project managers. One might as well be learning about lions or Holland. The theory does not translate effectively to practice. Someone looking to become a better project manager shoud look elsewhere.
If you are studying for the PMP, it does contain the much of the important vocabularly to memorize. I think there is even reference to the X knowledge areas and Y processes, though I don't believe it is updated for the 4th edition of the PMBOK. I got my PMP without this book. There are better options. Extensive memorization of the PMBOK, coupled with a weekend plowing through the latest Rita Mccauley prep book (to learn the test) worked well for me.
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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