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Project Management Absolute Beginner's Guide (3rd Edition) Paperback – October 26, 2012
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About the Author
Gregory M. Horine is a certified (PMP, CCP) business technology and IT project management professional with more than 23 years of successful results across multiple industries using servant leadership principles. Primary areas of expertise and strength include the following:
• Project management and leadership
• Complete project lifecycle experience
• Regulatory and process compliance
• Package implementation and integration
• Quality and risk management
• Enterprise solution development
•Effective use of project management tools
• Microsoft Project
• Project and portfolio management tools
• Complex application development
• Data analysis and transformation
• Business process analysis and improvement
• Vendor and procurement management
• Mind mapping tools
In addition, Mr. Horine holds a master’s degree in computer science from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in both marketing and computer science from Anderson College (Anderson, Indiana). Through his “servant leadership” approach, Mr. Horine has established a track record of empowering his teammates, improving project communications, overcoming technical and political obstacles, and successfully completing projects that meet the targeted objectives.
Mr. Horine is grateful for the guidance and the opportunities that he has received from many mentors throughout his career. Their patience and influence has helped form a rewarding career marked by continuous learning and improvement.
When not engaged in professional endeavors, Mr. Horine hones his project management skills at home with his lovely wife, Mayme, and his five incredible children: Michael, Victoria, Alex, Luke, and Elayna.
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However, where this book is really disappointing a (in terms of the target of absolute beginners) is the lack of how to do things. PM starting a career will know what they should have / should create / need to do but not HOW to do it. The book is extremely light on PROCESSES - the execution of the tasks. I appreciate it would make it twice (if not 3x) the size but it is a bit of a misnomer to think that you will learn project management from the book. We use it as a guide for an introductory PM module and even then it needs to be supplemented with significant how to material.
One troublesome issue for me remains p72/73 that lists ten plans to follow from project planning yet this is all "above the line" - i.e. project control (which is correct) but completed omitted here is the major output of project planning - the project plan itself!
Having said all of the above, it remains one of the better textbooks in project management for novices and is recommended as a comprehensive checklist.
As for disadvantages, I think this book does not provide us with real examples. For instance, Chapter 6 talks about Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The whole chapter presents a lot of principles, guideline, components, methods, techniques, and challenges of making a WBS. However, these are all theoretical. The chapter (as well as the whole book) falis to present what a successful WBS looks like, say, a sample WBS from the author's work stuation. I think this is the biggest defect of this book.
Overall, the book is very good and very easy to understand!
The book itself had two Used Saves stickers - one on top of the other which indicates to me that at least 2 people have owned this book. I find that impressive considering that other than those stickers and a small ink spot on the cover, I would have thought the book was new.
A lot of charts which make it easy to draw upon the information at a later date.
I really like the chapter overview at the beginning and end of each chapter, it allows for quick reference to the topics being discussed and what you should have understood.
Will definitely be looking into additional materials recommend and written by this author.