Project Management Checklist for Dummies – A Book Review

pm-checklist-for-dummies-coverProject Management Checklist for Dummies would help project managers take their career to another level by helping them master the art of planning, motivating, organizing and controlling the resources to achieve their goals. The book is an easy-to-use guide and provides an in-depth insight regarding the use of self check questions for saving significant time and managing projects in an efficient way. This book gives out hands-on checklist and to-do lists for managing each phase of the project in the best possible way.

Book Details

The book is available in paperback and on Kindle as well. It has about 304 pages and was published on 24th November 2014 under the brand ‘For Dummies’. The front cover looks similar to other books of the same series with the similar black and yellow theme. The back cover offers a brief overview of what the book has to offer. ISBN-10: 1118931432; ISBN-13: 978-1118931431


$12.33 for the book edition and $9.99 for the Kindle edition


Target Audience

Project Management Checklist for Dummies is meant for project managers who want to decipher the secret to effective project management. This book would be useful to all those project managers who are looking forward to error free and effective project management, as it essentially provides the reader with useful and time-saving checklists and to-do lists they can use in any setting.

What Customers Say

Customers find Project Management Checklist for Dummies to be an effective tool in making their project a success. Most of the customers implemented the checklists ideas and felt that they were able to rectify many issues that they encountered in the past while managing their project.

Content, Approach, Style

Project Management Checklist for Dummies is divided into 6 parts with a total of 23 chapters. The first part unveils the basic perception about using templates and checklists. It also gives relevant insight about using the project standards and key documents. The second part explores the benefits of the checklists and how to handle the roles and responsibilities during a project. The second part also introduces the basic template to kick off a project. The third part is focused on planning checklists along with establishing the controls and managing the resources. The fourth part deals with project control checklists and how to keep a check and balance on each stage.

The fifth part deals with more elaborate checklists liking auditing someone else’s project, deciphering useful techniques and taking over a project. The sixth part shares different tips for effective planning and for project estimation. The book is organized in a perfect way and lays out the ideas in a very convincing way.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management Checklist for Dummies is an affordable book and discusses all the essential elements of an efficient checklist for project management. According to the author the checklist presented in this book will take away the intimidating factor from a project and would provide a step-by-step guideline to the reader to understand project management. This book clarifies the needs by offering simple exercises so this is definitely an asset for a person who wants to make his mark in the field of project management.

Books that Complement

Agile Project Management for Dummies by Mark C. Layton is more of a practical workbook on Agile Methodology and unveils approaches for fast and effective completion of projects.

Project Management for Dummies by Stanley E. Portny presents the newest techniques to deal with the project management issues effectively and introduces fool proof techniques for project management.


Nick Graham is the owner of a training and consultancy company popularly known as Inspirandum Ltd. Nick is also a member of the Institute of Directors and Association for Project Management. Project Management Checklist for Dummies is his fourth book for the Dummies publication.

$12.33 for the book edition or $9.99 for the Kindle edition


Moiz Noorani

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