- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Project Management Inst; illustrated edition edition (September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880410133
- ISBN-13: 978-1880410134
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,368,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is nearly identical to the 2000 edition with the following exceptions:
Chapter 2 (2000 edition) adds a brief piece on the role of project offices. Chapter 3 (2000 edition) appears to have taken a few ideas from the British PM standard, PRINCE 2 (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) because more attention appears to be given to phases and interactions among phases. The 2000 edition also briefly addresses iterative development. Chapters 4 and 11 (2000 edition) more fully address earned value with a lot more material on this topic. Chapter 6 (2000 edition) briefly covers theory of constraints.
I have compared the 1996 and 2000 editions and cannot find any substantial differences between the two other than what I've cited above. However, since the PMI has stated that the 1996 edition is a resource for the 2001 examinations you need to go over this book carefully if you are a PMP candidate in 2001.
There is no coverage for specific types of projects, only the principles of project management that cover most projects most of the time and the PMI says as much in the book.
The book also doesn't cover anything about handling difficult people or manageing different personality types on a project, that's too much of a soft area for this book.
I would recomment this only as a text book for a course on PM. In that roll, it fits very nicely and makes sure that nothing gets missed, while the teacher can fill in the softer material that is absolutely necessary.
If you're looking for a book that will tell you interesting anecdotes and statistics on projects done well versus those done poorly and general pertinent guidlines for people on a software/construction/human resources project, this isn't what you want.
The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is an inclusive term that describes the sum of knowledge within the profession of project management. As with other professions such as law, medicine, and accounting, the body of knowledge rests with the practitioners and academics who apply and advance it. The full PMBOK includes knowledge of proven, traditional practices which are widely applied as well as knowledge of innovative and advanced practices which have seen more limited use.
This book provide a good overview of the PMI project management methodology - for each knowledge area the book provides the various steps along with the inputs, tools and outputs. For people studying for the PMP...this is only one source for studying. The exam requires you to interpret the PMBOK and have a broader knowledge of various PM philosophies.
It does provide a foundation for further study and when read thoroughly and methodically, as a textbook should be, it gives a reasonable understanding of the process of Project Management.
It is not really suitable for anyone who does not have a reasonable grounding in the the principles and practices of general management, particularly people-related issues.
The book does not try to be fun, it is very technical. If you want to get serious about project management, or show off somebody who thinks he/she knows it all about project management, this is a good start point. As I said before, this is almost an index: covers a lot of topics, does not get into the details of almost anything. I would have liked it to includean example of how to put all the techniques together. Nevertheless, I would not say this books is not useful at all, I think it is really meant to be exclusively a guide.
Like the other reviewer, I read this book for a Project Management Course.
If you want to learn how to manage people on projects, and you think they should love their jobs, you should get "Peopleware", by Tom de Marco and Timothy Lister.
For a quick, basic introduction, I think "Fundamentals of Project Management", by Lewis, is almost a "Quick Guide", but you can give this one to busy people, since it is very thin and fun.
For a book that covers human and technical abilities on project management, try "A Survival Guide for Project Managers", by James Taylor.