The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management 5th Ed – A Book Review

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Fifth Edition is the updated edition of this popular book. Like the previous editions, it is a comprehensive guide that covers principles, roles, planning, risk management, estimating, communication, measuring progress, and more. At the same time, it provided practical ideas, easy-to-use tips, and several case studies to provide a balanced view of important concepts and real-world wisdom. The latest edition includes new information on stakeholder engagement, change management, Agile techniques, new case studies, and more.

Book Details

This paperback measures 5.7 in. wide, by 1.8 in. thick, by 8.7 in. long. It has 528 pages divided into 22 chapters. It is also available in hardcover and Kindle formats. It is part of the Fast Forward MBA series of books. This 5th edition was published by Wiley Publishing in November 2015 in the English language. ISBN-10: 1119086574; ISBN-13: 978-1119086574

Price

$16.69 for the paperback version, $30.55 for the hardcover version, and $15.85 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is especially valuable for practicing project professionals, whether veterans or beginners. It provides a good introduction but also discusses in detail best practices that will be appreciated by project managers with experience. It will appeal to those practicing traditional methods as well as those practicing Agile. It provides good lessons for students and also practical value to those working in the enterprise.

What Customers Say

Amanda R. (Amazon) stated that she has read and used all 5 editions of FFMBA in Project Management. She particularly found the additional content in the latest edition around Agile PM and change management very relevant today. She highly recommends the book both as a practitioner and as an instructor.

Joseph H. (Amazon) described the book as practical and thorough in discussing the many dimensions of project management. He finds a unique combination of very detailed guidance in the tools of PM, as well as a wise and human understanding of the soft dimensions of the work. He finds the chapter on team management very helpful.

An anonymous Barnes&Noble reader gave it 5 stars. The reader described it as an easy-to-read guide to managing projects successfully. It is a complete package, with its downloadable forms, updated content such as about Agile methodologies, and even a chapter on how to work with MS Project. As a practicing professional, the reader recommends the book to anyone looking for a practical, step-by-step approach to project definition, scoping, scheduling, budgeting, managing people, and other important topics.

Content, Approach, Style

Content: The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management has 22 chapters divided into 5 parts. The first part is an introduction to PM, foundation principles, and current methodologies. Part 2 goes to the practical details of defining the project, while part 3 covers the planning process. Part 4 is about controlling the project, while the last part provides recommendations on advancing the practice of PM.

Approach/Tone: The author is direct in discussing the topics, and the tone is very informative without being too technical or wordy. It is like being instructed on a one-on-one session by a personal PM coach.

Style: Although the book covers a wide area of project management, from introduction, planning, to controlling, and from Agile to enterprise and PMP exams, the reader is not overwhelmed by information. It has several real-world case studies, dozens of tables, and almost a hundred images. It also has lists and special icons on key concepts, allowing readers to have a comfortable reading experience as they learn and absorb a great amount of information.

Why Buy the Book

The latest edition of Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is a popular book in terms of sales. It is in the top 10 of Amazon’s list under project management category, and also in the top 60 under the education and reference category. The fifth edition contains completely new chapters in Agile and Scrum, product development lessons from Start-Gate and Lean Startup methods, advantages of change management, and a new case study in enterprise project management. It also updated its pages about stakeholder management, project proposal, PMP exam questions, MS Project tutorial, and its checklist on the 7 project success factors.

Author

Eric Verzuh is the founder and president of The Versatile Company, a privately held project management training and consulting company based in Seattle, WA, USA. Eric started the company in 1990 with the goal of helping clients select and deliver the right projects faster, and with better results. He is a PMI-certified PMP. He and his team have helped organizations such as Adobe Systems, Boeing, GE Capital, Lockheed Martin, and Nordstrom improve project results. Aside from being the lead courseware architect and expert consultant of the company, he also gives keynote speeches about project management for non-project managers. His book, which was first published in 1999, remains a favorite of practicing professionals and students. It has been translated into Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese.

$16.69 for the paperback version, $30.55 for the hardcover version, and $15.85 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 Project-Management.com 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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