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I think the book does a pretty good job of this although I think the representative graphics were difficult to view as part of the book content. They read more
I think the book does a pretty good job of this although I think the representative graphics were difficult to view as part of the book content. They are too small and required enlargement if you wanted to try to get anything out of them.
I was pleased with this aspect of the book.
As long as there are projects to manage, this book will be relevant. As an elementary guide to the process of project management it does a good job.
Many text books are pedantic and verbose. This one is not. Basic language drives to the elemental point.
I think the author did a very good job with her organization of the material, sequential steps and references.
The graphics are poor. I think there should be more use of charts and flow charts. The graphics provided are difficult to interpret or even see in the PDF version.
Very little opportunity in the subject matter to deal with cultural relevance. I found no insensitive or offensive references of any kind.
The graphics provided were frustrating. Given the nature of this subject, I believe more graphics should be provided; flow charts, story boards, scheduling forms, etc. I am a visual learner and find subjects like this are easier to grasp with visual aids and case studies. Some examples were used but I think following an actual, completed project; supported by photos of the product of the project management effort would be helpful in keeping the learners interest.
The book covers the project management topic very well. The author begins the book with why businesses should leverage project management, then moves read more
The book covers the project management topic very well. The author begins the book with why businesses should leverage project management, then moves on to the project definition, the project life cycle, the Project Management Institute (PMI) and project methodologies, and finally to each phase of the project life cycle (initiation, planning, implementation, and closing). The book does include an index, a slide set for each chapter, and is available in several different formats (HTML, PDF, etc.)
The book is accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased. The implementation chapter is light. I think a complete chapter on monitoring and controlling would have added much value to the book.
The book content is up-to-date. While the project management field continue to evolve, and core processes and knowledge areas are mature and stable. The book is written in such a way that corrections and revisions will be straightforward to implement. Speaking of revisions, the author covers the five PMI process areas (initiation, planning, executing/implementation, monitoring and controlling, and closing); however, the implementation chapter is light with brief mention of the monitoring and controlling activities. A good chapter on monitoring and controlling would have add much value.
The book is easy to read and follow. While the author used many of the project management technical terminology, she did not go overboard. The majority of the chapters cover the content well.
The book is mostly consistent. The one inconsistent, I think, that requiring refinement is the project management processes. While the author used initiation, planning, implementation, and closing, the PMI uses initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. I think, it would be best to stay consistent with PMI.
The book is modular. The book consists of 19 different chapters. Each chapter focuses on a different project management topic. 9 of the 19 chapters focus on planning the different project management knowledge areas, which in my opinion, is appropriate.
The book is well organized and structured. The 19 chapters’ flow well. The content of flow of each chapter is also good. I already stated the implementation chapter is light and a separate chapter of monitoring and controlling would have added value.
The book interface is very good. As far as I can tell, there are no interface and navigation problems. The images and charts are clear and readable. A few of the images are busy and still readable.
The book grammar is very good. While I was not focusing much on grammar, no grammatical errors stood out.
The book is politically correct. I think, I would have noticed if the book was culturally insensitive.
I think, this is a good project management book. I think the implementation chapter should be renamed to executing and beefed up. I also think a new chapter on monitoring and controlling should be added. Finally, the planning chapters could be adjusted to align with the PMI knowledge areas.
Project management has soft skills and hard skills. Though the text covers all area and ideas of the subject it seems too concise, especially on read more
Project management has soft skills and hard skills. Though the text covers all area and ideas of the subject it seems too concise, especially on hard/quantitative skills, such as critical path method (CPM), earned value analysis (EVA), and risk analysis. It can be used a supplementary material.
Content is accurate.I didn't find any error.
Content is up-to-date. The text is written and arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be easy and straightforward to implement.
The text is written in clear, accessible prose. It provides enough explanations for jargons.
The text is consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
The text has 19 chapters. It is easy to divide, to modify, or to rearrange.
The text has a logical structure/organization.
The text has no significant interface issues. The figures and tables are too small, but it can be seen in large version if a reader clicks the figure/table. I reviewed PDF version, but not sure in different formats.
I didn't find any grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive.
More contents for technical/quantitative skills and examples.
Table of Contents
About the Book
- 1. Project Management: Past and Present
- 2. Project Management Overview
- 3. The Project Life Cycle (Phases)
- 4. Framework for Project Management
- 5. Stakeholder Management
- 6. Culture and Project Management
- 7. Project Initiation
- 8. Overview of Project Planning
- 9. Scope Planning
- 10. Project Schedule Planning
- 11. Resource Planning
- 12. Budget Planning
- 13. Procurement Management
- 14. Quality Planning
- 15. Communication Planning
- 16. Risk Management Planning
- 17. Project Implementation Overview
- 18. Project Completion
- 19. Celebrate!
Appendix 1: Project Management PowerPoints
Appendix 2: Chapter Questions
Appendix 3: Chapter Audio Files
About the Author
About the Book
This book covers the basics of project management. This includes the process of initiation, planning, execution, control and close out that all projects share.
About the Contributors
Adrienne Watt holds a Computer Systems Diploma (BCIT), a Bachelors in Technology (BCIT) and a Master’s in Business Administration (City University).
Since 1989, Adrienne has worked as an educator and gained extensive experience developing and delivering business and technology curriculum to post-secondary students. During that time she ran a successful software development business. In the business she worked as an IT Professional in a variety of senior positions including Project Manager, Database Designer, Administrator and Business Analyst. Recently she has been exploring a wide range of technology related tools and processes to improve delivery methods and enhance learning for her students.