Project Management ToolBox – A Book Review
Project Management ToolBox: Tools and Techniques for the Practicing Project Manager, 2nd Edition, is an update of a previous book published in 2003. The revised text has additional material due to the changes in project management, which was brought about by evolving business landscape. The content has been updated and now includes advances in the PM field, especially in the phases of planning, implementation and control, as well as cost and scheduling. The book aims to help readers stay up-to-date on the latest topics, as project management becomes more and more essential for companies to increase market share, improve products, and enhance customer service.
This second hardcover edition was published on February 1, 2016 by Wiley Publishing. A Kindle edition is also available. It has 480 pages and is about 1.1 inches thick. The front cover displays the authors’ names at the upper right portion on a background of orange. The title is in large fonts at the middle part, and the subtitle at the lower part, with the publisher’s logo at the lower right portion, on a white background and image of small cubes. ISBN-10: 1118973127, ISBN-13: 978-1118973127
Project Management ToolBox is for project managers of all levels, as well as PM students.
What Customers Say
Craig Gatti described the book as one of the classics in project management. He stated that the authors have covered extensively and addressed most, if not all, aspects about the tools and techniques of PM.
Cal Meek stated that the book provides organizations and project managers a set of proven and innovative tools to meet project goals in these economic times.
Content, Approach, Style
Project Management ToolBox is divided into six parts and 15 chapters. Part 1, Chapter 1 introduces the concept of the PM Toolbox, or a set of tools and techniques, procedures and job aids, that support the practices, methods and various processes of managing projects effectively. Part 2 discusses the different tools used for project selection and initiation. The third part focuses on tools for project requirements, scope planning, schedule development, and cost planning. The fourth part discusses scope, schedule, and cost management tools as well as agile project execution. Part 5 talks about performance reporting and project closure, while the last part discusses tools for managing project risk and influencing stakeholders.
The book comprehensively covers all the practice areas. It presents both traditional and contemporary sets of tools and their benefits, an enhanced section for tips, tricks and examples, as well as consistent theme about the importance of having the tools that support alignment between business strategy and project execution. It uses many illustrations, tables and lists as visual learning aids. The language used common business and PM terms, topics are clearly divided and separated by headers, and paragraphs are of readable length.
Why Buy the Book
The business world is constantly changing, and many aspects of project management and the tools used have changed or have been updated as well. Project Management ToolBox provides the right choices of tools that professionals can use to make sure that project goals are not only achieved but support and are aligned with business goals as well.
Books that Complement
Program Management for Improved Business Results shows in theory and in practice what program management is, and its similarities and differences with project management.
Thamhain’s Managing Technology-Based Projects is especially for project managers in technology-oriented business environments, and how to successfully deal with its dynamics, uncertainties and complexities.
Russ J. Martinelli is Managing Director at Trendscape Innovation Group, a management consulting and market analysis firm that specializes in business, innovation, and technology strategy. Russ has over 20 years experience as program manager in the high-tech, aerospace, defense, medical industries and non-profit sectors. He is a co-founder of Program Management Academy, and provides training and consulting services, with a focus on business, strategy, and technology roadmapping. He has authored or co-authored several books, articles and publications.
Dragan Z. Milosevic, PhD, PMP, is an independent program development professional. Dr. Milosevic has been an Associate Professor of Engineering and Technology Management at Portland State University. He provides training and consulting services, and conducts seminars in countries around the world. He has authored or co-authored many books, papers and case studies on the subject of project, program, and organizational project management.