- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118073770
- ISBN-13: 978-1118073773
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 88 customer reviews
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An updated and revised edition of the bestselling guide to managing projects
For any student or professional responsible for coordinating projects among different departments, across executive levels, or with technical complexity, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management offers the industry's leading guide to delivering on time and on budget. Free downloadable forms and spreadsheets make it easy to implement the most powerful techniques. The book also serves as a valuable supplement for anyone studying for the Project Management Professional certification exam. If you need to learn Microsoft Project, you'll find it to be the perfect brief overview.
Get the step-by-step advice you need to find the right sponsor, clarify objectives, and set realistic schedules and budget projections. This Fourth Edition of the 200,000-copy bestseller now covers important specialty topics, including software and IT projects, agile techniques, and project selection.
Perfect for beginners or experienced managers needing a refresher, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is the authoritative guide.
"If you're looking to get the most out of Microsoft Project, it's essential to understand project management best practices. This book does a good job explaining the techniques, leadership skills, and people management skills that drive project success."
––Arpan Shah, Director of Microsoft Project, Microsoft Corporation
About the Author
ERIC VERZUH is President of The Versatile Company, which provides project management training and consulting to thousands of professionals each year. His clients include major government agencies, small and large companies, and nonprofit organizations in such diverse industries as aerospace, health care, information technology, and education.
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Verzuh walks you through the concepts with a natural flow. His liberal use of examples ensures you not only know the concepts, but why they matter and how they can be applied. His examples span industries and projects of different scale. He covers all the essential tools and techniques, as well as a number of more advanced and emerging practices. He includes templates so you can visualize the tools, and he makes them available for download and gives permission to adapt them to your circumstances. He concludes each chapter with an excellent summary of the key points.
Most authors have jumped on the certification bandwagon, writing about the PMP exam. That is of little help to the millions of people around the world that just need experience in this increasingly project-oriented global economy. Indeed, Verzuh gives a good dose of practice exam questions and study tips, but not to the expense of core learning.
I have been in the profession for nearly 30 years and have managed, coached, and critiqued projects in the private, public, and missional sectors. I have taught project management at the university undergraduate, graduate, and professional education levels. I got on the Verzuh band-wagon with his 3rd edition and was delighted with it. His 4th edition trumps it. I'm all in.
If you want a single book on the subject, this is it. Hands-down.
I read the first edition book over ten years ago when I was studying to take my PMP exam. And I remember it being my favorite book among many that I read in a short period of time. Mr. Verzuh has a really enjoyable writing style. A few years passed and I got his next edition, and later the next and next.
Now I'm teaching college courses with the 4th edition FF MBA in PM and the PMBOK as my primary texts. These two work very well together. I especially like that the 4th edition also offers good advice for non-profits, schools, and other non-traditional project environments that demand the discipline be practical for small projects where too much overhead chokes productivity.