Effective Project Management – A Book Review
Like most things in today’s world, Project Management techniques have changed, contributing to a Project Managers’ need to be constantly learning in order to keep up with the changes. Traditional techniques are gradually taking a back seat as trends of Agile and extreme techniques emerge. Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme is positioned as a guide for Project Managers, and those who are studying or teaching in this area. It is a transitioning and preparatory tool which practitioners will find very useful in the dynamic and constantly evolving world of Project Management.
On December 16, 2013, Wiley Publishers published the seventh edition of ‘Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme’. The book was published in English and has 768 pages. It is 1.6 inches thick and weighs 2.2 pounds. The front cover bears a simple design of a white background with the title printed in bold black font at the center.
Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme is a useful resource for persons who teach and train in the discipline of Project Management. Project Managers will find that it contains useful material which may be used to guide them in carrying out their duties while PMP aspirants can use it as a preparatory tool.
What Customers Say
B.Mondry (Amazon) asserted that the book lived up to its title –“Traditional, Agile, Extreme” because it provided a foundation with the traditional concepts but also explained emerging tools.
Jayesh Naithani (Goodreads) described the book as a good text if you are seeking an introduction to Project Management and are interested in advancing further in the discipline.
Michael D. Markle (Amazon) said he purchased the update as it is the best text out there in his opinion.
Content, Approach, Style
Though designed to expose Project Management professionals to the latest techniques in the discipline, the Effective Project Management starts with the traditional approaches and builds on them. From fundamentals such as scoping, planning and launching, it goes on to offer guidance on how to deal with the dynamic Project Management landscape. It covers all the essential Project Management models and provides strategies to prevent or handle distressed projects.
The book aims to equip project managers with the tools necessary to manage multiple team projects as well as implement a continuous improvement program. It finishes with techniques for creating a practical project-based model of an enterprise. Additional support information and tools are provided on the companion site. These include case studies, exercises and PowerPoint slides.
Why Buy the Book
As the Project Management landscape continues to change, practitioners will find that the traditional models and techniques may no longer yield the best results. This book is one that will help Project Managers and those who teach Project Management to stay on top of the new concepts and techniques. It is comprehensive and takes users from the traditional to the extreme seamlessly.
Books that Complement
For complementary ideas to those presented in this book, readers may look at ‘The Software Project Managers Bridge to Agility’ by Michele Sliger and Stacia Viscardi.
The book ‘Agile Estimating and Planning’ by Mike Cohn also presents some supporting material.
The author, Robert K. Wysocki, PhD, is an established writer, with many of his books being used by numerous tertiary institutions. He has extensive experience as a Project Management consultant and trainer. He has also provided consultation and management services in the field of information systems, and developed training programs for various fields.