Project Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know – A Book Review

Project Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know is a compact guide about project management concepts. It covers an overview of the subject matter as well as a concise discussion of the 5 phases or process groups. From a vast area of this field of discipline, the book focuses on fundamentals, important concepts, standards and best practices. It aims to be a practical reference for people who have not gone through formal training.

Book Details

This paperback measures 5.5 in. wide, 0.4 in. thick, and 8.5 in. long. It weighs about 12.6 ounces. It has 160 pages divided in 6 chapters. Aside from paperback format, it is also available in Kindle format. This third edition was published by Vibrant Publishers in June 2017 in the English language. ISBN-10: 1946383600; ISBN-13: 978-1946383600


$13.95 for the paperback version and $9.99 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Project Management Essentials is ideal for new project management professionals, especially those who are asked to manage, lead, and participate in a project for the first time. It is a handy reference for those who have not gone through formal PM training. Experienced professionals can also use it as quick reference to look up on topics, principles, practices, and terminologies.

What Customers Say

Krystn (Amazon) gave it 5 starts and described it as a great book. She stated that she has started reading it ahead of her course.

Grady H (Amazon) described it as well-written, well illustrated, with graphs and templates. The reader described it further as a sophisticated, no nonsense accessible book for every level of manager.

Gayle P (Amazon) gave it 4 stars for its helpful ideas. She explained that it gives direction to the newly assigned manager with ideas that are straightforward. As advertized, the book is a primer, and covers the basics, purpose and goals, with some fine details. Although the book can help reduce anxiety for someone facing a promotion, she believes that there is no substitute for experience.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Project Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know has 160 pages divided in 6 chapters. There are sample templates before chapter 1. The first chapter gives an overview of project management, with definitions and descriptions of a project, project management, constraints, and others. Chapter 2 is about project initiation, selection, and project charter, while Chapter 3 is about project planning. Chapter 4 discusses project execution, and Chapter 5 is on project monitoring and controling. The last chapter discusses project closure.

Approach/Tone: The author gives a straightforward approach. He goes into the subject directly with as few introduction and fanfare as possible. However, several real-world examples of how project management is applied are provided. Thus, concepts are shown how they are applied, whether as a home project or in business.

Style: The book is logically organized, from the general overview, then down to the individual process groups, and its details. The book uses lists, tables, and illustrations as visual aid. There is also a section of solved examples and practice exercise at the end of every chapter.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management Essentials is a handy and affordable reference for individuals and professionals with little or no PM experience. It is a primer, and can help the reader find the right resources for topics they want to study more deeply.


Kalpesh Ashar is a Mumbai, India-based freelance project management consultant and trainer. Kalpesh is a certified PMP, PRINCE2, ACP and CSM. He has 20 years experience in various roles, such as IT analyst, software engineer, project manager, and program manager. He also provides corporate and individual training for PMP certification exams, PM workshops, Agile workshops, and Finance for non-finance professionals. Kalpesh holds an engineering degree in Electronics, and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research.

Vibrant Publishers provides high quality books for IT professionals, management professionals, and graduate students. This book is part of the Self Learning Management Series, which intends to give a jumpstart to working professionals. This series is distinct such that it gives only the required relevant information bundled in a compact form and is easy to interpret.

$13.95 for the paperback version and $9.99 for the Kindle version

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