- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM; 2nd edition (February 8, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814471323
- ISBN-13: 978-0814471326
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In today's time-based and cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. With sales of more than 115,000 copies, Fundamentals of Project Management has helped a lot of business people meet or exceed those standards. The updated and revised third edition provides an unparalleled introduction to project management, along with new tools and techniques for planning and executing projects on time, on budget, and with maximum efficiency and productivity.
This new edition includes:
* an overview of recent changes to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)®
* expanded coverage of project risk managment
* how to implement a Project Management Office (PMO)
* and much more
Clear and down-to-earth, this step-by-step guide explains how to effectively spearhead every stage of a project -- from developing the goals and objectives to managing the project team -- and make project management work in any company."--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control: The Ultimate Hands-On Guide to Bringing Projects in On Time and On Budget".
Once you get started in project management, you'll want to have that book!
Jim Lewis is a fantastic writer. He tells it like it is, not a bunch of theory. His books are great for the application of PM, not just the study of it. I like his books because he gives us his experience as well as knowledge.
This is a must read for any manager who wants to learn more about organizing their work - projects, operational, etc.
One of the comments about project management said that project management is 80% common sense - maybe. But, those of us who have managed projects know better.
I wish I had this book when I first started in project management.
It is well aligned with the PMBOK (even the 4th Edition, as it talks briefly about Critical Chain Method and has a chapter that introduces Earned Value Mgmt). There are great examples of most topics scattered throughout the book.
There were only two things that we felt could be improved upon:
- It discusses Work Breakdown Structures; but also includes Activity (Task) Definition, Activity Sequencing, Resource Requirements and Work Duration Estimating as part of that process rather than making them a part of Time Management processes as the PMBOK does. Probably more aligned with real life in some ways... it just seemed important to us that people concentrate on structuring the Objectives before they think about the Tasks. Maybe because we have some larger corporate-wide issues surrounding creation of strong definitions of Marketing and Product Requirements...
- It has Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives in Chapter 4... AFTER Project Planning (Chapter 3). Since the Problem Definition and Project Objectives should drive Planning we felt that this should be reversed and sequenced the training accordingly. The information provided is sound... just seemed to be a little out of order.
One other key point to consider... it doesn't discuss Agile methodologies and Scrums. This was good for us at our current level of PM implementation... but you may have been expecting some of that to be covered.
I use this book as the basis for that training. I've done it twice now with a 3rd round planned. I do it in a "book club" format during working hours. The group reads a few chapters, then we discuss it together, matching our experiences to the text, agreeing with it, disagreeing with it, practicing some skills, and figuring out how the practice can help our work. The group has had a lot of "ah-ha" moments in that approach -- both in finding new ideas to apply and in understanding why something had worked or not worked well in the past. It's been a great experience.
No, the book is not sufficient to fully train a new project manager. That's not its intent; Lewis has written other books for that purpose. But this book is a great resource for anyone to understand project management enough so that when a project manager asks for some info, they understand why, where it fits, why they're asking now instead of later, and even what questions to ask as a project contributor. It can also help those who find themselves managing projects in informal project environments. I write about those kinds of environments on my blog, [...].
You can grab a few of the most common PM tools from this text and begin using them immediately. As many have commented, a lot of PM is common sense. This text can help shape that common sense to make it more conscious, more purposeful, and more consistent. I highly recommend it.
This book was exactly what I needed. Very concise, without loosing a point. I most liked the author's idea to make a project out of this book when describing importance of planning. And I can say he did it - the book is well organized, explains everything you need to know, and also offers a good references for further reading. Of course, don't expect to be world class manager after reading 200-pages book, but you can be sure that you will get very structured baseline for managing projects after reading this. For sure worth of reading.
THIS TOPIC IS VERY MPORTANT BECAUSE IT HELP YOU TO ADMINISTRATE TIME, PARTS, PEOPLE AND MONEY ABOUT THE PROCESS OF SOME PROJECT.
THIS BOOK TEACH YOU AND HELP YOU TO KNOW THIS TOPIC AND APLY IT.