Project Management for Small Projects – A Book Review

project management for small projects book coverProject size can be defined by the amount of time, effort, discipline and resources involved. Managing larger projects also differs from managing smaller projects by the kind of unique challenges encountered as well as processes and tools used. The first edition of Project Management for Small Projects introduced PM processes, tools, and techniques that can be used immediately for managing small projects. The latest edition has been updated to reflect the PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition. Traditional practices used for larger projects have been tailored in this book for small projects, but still remaining true to the PMI’s standards, with a new chapter on program management.

Book Details

This second paperback edition was published in April 2015, updating the first edition published in November 2006. It was published by Management Concepts Press that offers publications on project management, public administration, leadership and others. It has 219 pages and about 0.2 inch thick. The front cover displays the title in large fonts on the top-middle part, and the author’s name below it. The lower half of the cover shows some colored graphic images of different geometric shapes. ISBN-10: 1567264743; ISBN-13: 978-1567264746


$32 for the paperback edition and $11.99 for the Kindle edition


Target Audience

Project Management for Small Projects is for project professionals new to managing small projects or currently managing small projects and needing the right knowledge and structure. It is also for project managers who should learn about collaboration and knowledge sharing with other project managers working together on components of a bigger program.

What Customers Say

Reader RJ SFO described the first edition as an excellent reference that has chapters that build progressively on the knowledge and considerations needed during the different phases of a project’s life cycle.

Another reader, Cliente de Amazon, stated that it is an interesting book that deals with small projects, which in real life are encountered more frequently than mega projects.

Reader Kitkat3436 simply stated that the book provides helpful guidance in keeping small projects organized.

Content, Approach, Style

Project Management for Small Projects is divided into 3 parts and 15 chapters. Part 1 includes 4 chapters that introduces project management, concerns and challenges for small projects, a discussion in managing and leading small projects and some pre-project activities. Part 2 is about PM process for small projects and contains 6 chapters. Chapter 5 discusses the process overview, while the next chapters 6 to 10 explain about initiation, planning summary, the 6 planning steps, controlling and closing. Part 3 provides additional disciplines needed such as how to manage multiple small projects, how to manage projects as part of a program, how to build effective teams, what to do when the project manager has to work alone, and how to transition to larger projects.

The book has paragraphs of readable length, with language that is easy to understand. Project management terms are usually defined. Topic headers introduce new discussions and paragraphs. The text also uses bullet and number lists, as well as figures, tables and images that help in presenting the ideas discussed.

Why Buy the Book

Project Management for Small Projects will help readers manage successfully the unique challenges present in small projects. It introduces readers to scalable process, adaptable techniques and simplified tools. It presents an approach that applies structure and discipline, considering both the needs of the project and PM methodology, and eventually prepares readers for managing larger projects.

Books that Complement

Project Management: A Compact Guide by Jefferson Hanley is a handy reference guide for all types of project professionals.

Nick Graham’s Project Management Checklist for Dummies is another helpful and affordable book that discusses essential elements of an efficient PM checklist.


Sandra Faye Rowe, PMP, has a BS in Business Administration and an MBA. She also has an MS in Computer and Information Systems. Ms. Rowe has a doctor of philosophy in business with specialization in project management, has taught graduate-level PM courses and speaks regularly at conferences on a variety of topics. Some of the areas she speaks about and presents are PM processes, project office, knowledge sharing, lessons learned and project management for small projects. Dr. Rowe has more than 25 years of PM experience that includes leading IT and process improvement projects, developing processes, tools, techniques, and training programs, and also has developed and delivered said programs. She received her PMP in 1995.

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