Project Management: A Compact Guide – A Book Review
Project Management: A Compact Guide to the Complex World of Project Management is a handy reference guide for both the new project professional and the veteran manager. It is a balanced, concise manual that contains definitions and academic reference as well as real-world scenarios, tips, tools and links to further PM learning. It provides guidance in goal setting, scheduling, team building, risk assessment, change management, and more for all the processes throughout the whole project lifecycle.
This first paperback edition was published in February 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. It has 104 pages and is about 0.2 inch thick. The front cover displays a black arrow at the lower part pointing from left to right on a blue photo background. Inside the arrow are the title, subtitle and the author’s name. ISBN-10: 1508599467; ISBN-13: 978-1508599463
Project Management: A Compact Guide is relevant to a broad segment of PM professionals. It is for those new and interested in the field of project management, for project managers who have acquired some years of experience and are thinking of getting formal certifications, as well as for veterans who wanted to know of other professionals’ experience of the real-world project management.
What Customers Say
Sean Wilson highly recommends the book and described it as well written, filled with practical tools.
Sandra Collins described the book as easy to read. It is complete with academic background as well as real-world cases. It is very professionally written, interesting and easy to understand.
Brent Green stated that he is glad to have read the book. He described it as very informative, containing many important details without restrictions to other readers.
Content, Approach, Style
Project Management: A Compact Guide is divided into 3 sections. The first section contains a preamble, the objectives of the book and the type of readers who will benefit from reading it. Section 2’s five chapters present in an organized and structured way the definitions and concepts of project management, an overview of the PM framework, the project lifecycle, processes and knowledge areas.
The second section occupies most of the content of the book. It discusses the different phases, from initiation to closeout. Under the five process groups, it also identifies important documents such as the project charter and different plans. It discusses how to define the scope, create the WBS, and other important aspects such as costing, quality, human resources and more. The third section also has five chapters and discuss project management in action, survival tips, what is beyond PM, the next level and useful tools and links. The book uses understandable language complete with definitions, descriptions and examples. It is well organized and uses topic headers, bulletted lists and paragraphs of readable length.
Why Buy the Book
Project Management: A Compact Guide is a handy, go-to reference for project professionals, especially those who are pressed for time, or those who have not completed an adequate period of training, or those too busy managing multiple projects. It is a time-saver and a reference guide for project managers in different kinds of situations.
Books that Complement
The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned, Second Edition by Willis Thomas is an important reference in every project manager’s personal library. It provides a simplified way of conducting a formal evaluation to help determine a project’s impact and capture valuable knowledge for future success reference.
Thuy and Milo Sindell’s Hidden Strengths will help project managers discover and develop strengths and skills to become more agile and adaptive and be more successful in both their personal and professional lives.
Jefferson Hanley is a veteran project manager with about 15 years experience in the corporate world. He has managed many projects and has used different approaches from the traditional waterfall model to Scrum agile methodology. He has recently ventured into writing to share his knowledge. He is also the author of 2 Scrum books and a recently published ebook about project management.