Project Management: A Quick Start Beginner’s Guide – A Book Review

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginner’s Guide For The Serious Project Manager To Managing Any Project Easily is an introductory book as the title suggests. It provides a comprehensive but general overview of project management. The book will give readers without PM background or accidental project managers an idea of what it is to be a project manager. It also provides many useful tips.

Book Details

This first edition measures 6 inches wide, 0.3 inch thick, and 9 inches tall. It ships about 7.2 ounces. It has 138 pages and 17 chapters. It is available in paperback and Kindle format. The book was published in June 2016 in English by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN-10: 1533582335; ISBN-13: 978-1533582331

Price

$17.95 for the paperback version and $3.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginner’s Guide is for those without formal project management education or training and for the accidental project manager. Anyone who is interested about the field or discipline of project management or the roles and responsibilities of a project manager can start with this book. Students and researchers can also use this as a starting point. They can then find more focused or specializeds material for a specific area of project management.

What Customers Say

Josh C (Amazon) described the book as useful for sharpening one’s project management skills. He particularly liked the tips and suggestions on how to become an effective project manager. The discussions of the different roles of the project manager, as well as the suggested steps in planning, budget allocation, and people management are of great help.

Linda C. (Amazon) stated that the Quick Start Guide is clear enough for beginners. She described it as a practical guide, covering all the phases of a project from start to end. The plain terminology without the jargon makes it a good book especially for beginners who can follow the step-by-step guide to easy project execution.

Kameron W. (Amazon) described the book as a quick read and full of common sense that can help professionals become effective project managers. However, there was no new idea that has not been written already on other books. Nevertheless, the book provides a smooth overview of what the job of a project manager is, and what he or she does throughout the project.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Project Management: A Quick Start Beginner’s Guide For The Serious Project Manager has 138 pages divided into an introduction, 17 short chapters, and a conclusion. The chapters cover the general areas of what a project is, what project management is, what the roles and responsibilities of a project manager are, and so on. It also gives tips on how to perform the role in an effective way.
Approach/Tone: The author proceeds with an assumption that it is the first time the reader has heard of what project management is. Therefore, the ideas are discussed from a general point of view, providing high-level answers and some examples for supposedly general questions from the reader.
Style: Because of the introductory nature of the book, it provides its audience clear sentences and simple explanations through a great choice of words. The paragraphs are short with clear headers and titles. The book also uses bullet and numbered lists for easier reading.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management: A Quick Start Beginner’s Guide is good in introducing what project management is for the uninitiated. Even for those with some experience or are currently working on their first projects, the book provides helpful tips in performing the roles and responsibilities required of the profession. However, the contents are not unique nor all-encompassing. Some readers complain about the shortness of material in some chapters. But as the title suggests, it serves best those who are only beginning to learn about project management.

$17.95 for the paperback version and $3.99 for the Kindle version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.