Project Management For Dummies – A Book Review

Project Management For Dummies, 5th Edition, is the updated text of a popular guide. The book provides essential information and hands-on guidance that enables the reader to plan and manage projects. It aims to clarify and simplify project management principles, so that people are less intimidated and perplexed of what they have to do to successfully manage projects, whether simple or complex, from start to finish. The latest edition is aligned with PMBOK 6th edition, and can also help prepare the reader to take the PMP certification exam.

Book Details

The paperback measures 7.3 in. wide, 1 in. thick, and 9.2 in. long. It weighs about 1.3 pounds. The book has 464 pages divided in 20 chapters. Aside from paperback, it is also available in Kindle format. This 5th edition was published on September 25, 2017 by Wiley For Dummies Publishing in the English language. ISBN-10: 1119348900; ISBN-13: 978-1119348900


$18.35 for the paperback version and $14.39 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Project Management For Dummies is written for a diverse group of readers. It is for both senior and junior managers, experienced project managers, first-time project team members, fully trained project managers and those with none, people with years of real-world business and government experience, and for those who just entered the workforce. The book can also be a resource for students of project management, as well as those reviewing and preparing for the certification exam.

What Customers Say

An Amazon customer gave it 4 starts and stated that Project Management For Dummies adequately covers the subject. The customer described it as an easy read that explains things very well. The discussion builds up by chapter, with an end that connects all topics together.

Peter I. (Barnes& Noble) described the book as a life saver. Not officially trained as a project manager, he has to fill the role of one on several occasions. The book helped him learn the skills to not only organize the project, but also communicate it to other managers and staff.

Reader hody1953 (B&N) gave it 4 stars and described it as a good reference for a quick lookup. It has simple and clear explanations of project management principles and details. It is valuable for people who need a quick reminder or a memory refresher on how to do something.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: Project Management For Dummies is divided into an introduction, six parts, and an appendix. The first part is about getting started with project management. Part 2 is about planning time, while Part 3 discusses how to put the project team together. Part 4 explains how to manage the project successfully, and Part 5 is about project leadership. The sixth and final part provides 10 questions that need to be answered for every project, as well as 10 tips for becoming a better project manager.

Approach/Tone: The author writes in a direct and easy to understand manner. His goal is to help the reader recognize that the basic tenets of successfully managing a project are simple. He injects humor from time to time to make it an easier read.

Style: The book is organized in such a way that each chapter is self-contained, but discussions also build up so that at the end, all aspects such as planning, organization, teamwork, communication, leadership, and available tools, among others are covered. The topics are well labeled, paragraphs are short. There are plenty of examples, illustrations, tips and hints. There are sidebars with stories from the author’s real-life experience, and icons that alerts the reader for special information.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management For Dummies is well organized and clearly written to appeal over a wide audience of readers. It covers essential areas and aspects of project management, and provides important tips, tools, and techniques to help the reader deliver the project successfully. It is ranked within the top 50 books under the business category in project management, and within the top 20 under the PMP exam category in project management.


Stanley Portny is a certified PMP. He is the President of Stanley E. Portny and Associates, LLC. He received his BS EE degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Stan also received his EE and MS EE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also studied at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management and at the George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Portny has over 30 years of experience as an internationally recognized expert in project management and project leadership. He has provided training and consultation to hundreds of public and private organizations in various industries. Stan also has developed and conducted training programs both for management and staff personnel.

$18.35 for the paperback version and $14.39 for the Kindle version

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for 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.

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