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Just Enough Project Management: The Indispensable Four-step Process for Managing Any Project, Better, Faster, Cheaper Paperback – November 10, 2004
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From the Back Cover
How to successfully manage any project while eliminating bureaucracy and red tape
The project-driven approach has proven its value, leading to spectacular results--projects delivered faster and at a more reasonable cost than ever before. Problem is, the project management process used for large projects is too cumbersome and bureaucratic for the projects most of us face, and is often more complex and costly than the problems it is designed to solve. Sound familiar?
Just Enough Project Management integrates today's most effective project management information and tools into a uniquely straightforward process for managing small to medium sized projects. This valuable and timesaving manual will provide you with:
- A versatile four-step process to initiate, plan, control, and close your next project
- Customizable templates to help you get projects up and running with a minimum of wasted effort
- Tips, techniques, and war stories from the front lines of contemporary project management
The fundamental goal of project management is to produce the desired results, on time and on budget. Let Just Enough Project Management show you how to get back to that goal and manage projects that successfully transform your objectives into immediate bottom-line results, instead of simply creating more projects.
About the Author
Curtis R. Cook, Ph.D., is the former president and CEO of Novations Project Management and a globally renowned project management authority.
Top Customer Reviews
It is not quite as useful as the Dummies series in terms of a full service solution but really, despite the titles, those are not for novices. This book has a reasonable enough approach and reasonable enough templates to implement it.
The drawback I found was that the author uses relatively trivial illustrative "projects" so that newbie can understand the principles without getting hung up on details. The problem is even as a trained project manager the examples of PM applied to such simple things as "weekend at the country cabin" projected precisely the image of absurd over-control that is the thing that frightens PM opponents in the first place. For a real newbie, it could even more scary because if that is what you have to do for something so obviously simple, how much overhead goes with a real project?
That is really a minor quibble, though. If you are introducing a novice to the idea of PM, or if you are introducing PM to a nervous organization, this book might be a good place to start as a base case. It is certainly about the closest thing I have found in the past months of looking for such a solution.
I especially appreciate Cook's emphasis on using just the right amount of PM and not letting the PM process overwhelm the actual work!
This book was exactly what I was looking for. Not too PMBOK-heavy and not too dimwit-light.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clear, fun and lively writing. This helped turn an otherwise boring university unit into an alive activity.Published 18 months ago by Radha K.
Great view if project management. Also the perfect guide for managing smaller projects.Published 18 months ago by E. Steinberg
Very useful information on any size project. Would recommend this book to anyone who runs any size project in any organization.Published on April 14, 2014 by CarolAnn Levy
This was a good book and would recommend it for project management class. It has just enough information not to overwhelm anyone.Published on December 3, 2013 by DeeGlo
this book was used for a graduate class. the shipment was quick. the book was in great shape and purchased as a used book.Published on November 30, 2012 by nygiants2121