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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme [Kindle Edition]

Robert K. Wysocki

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With 200 pages of new content, the fifth edition of this popular guide gives new or veteran project managers a comprehensive overview of all of the best-of-breed project management approaches and tools today, including Traditional (Linear and Incremental), Agile (Iterative and Adaptive), and Extreme. Step-by-step instruction and practical case studies show you how to use these tools effectively to achieve better outcomes of projects at hand. Plus, the book provides full coverage on managing continuous process improvement, procurement management, managing distressed projects, and managing multiple team projects. The companion Web site includes exercises and solutions that accompany the project management instruction in the book.

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Gain the skills and tools to become an effective project manager Get ready for a more robust approach to project management — one that recognizes the project environment and adapts accordingly. This resource first introduces you to the tools, templates, and processes that you′ll need in your toolkit. You′ll then explore five different project management life cycle (PMLC) models for managing a project: Linear, Incremental, Iterative, Adaptive, and Extreme. Along the way, you′ll find step–by–step guidance on how to apply each technique. All of this will give you a complete understanding of how to successfully complete projects on time and within budget. This comprehensive guide shows you how to: Apply all nine Knowledge Areas defined in PMBOK® Establish project management life cycles and strategies Decide the best method for managing specific types of projects Select and use best–of–breed project management tools and templates for each management task Utilize the Project Support Office, Project Portfolio Management, and Continuous Process Improvement programs Prevent projects from becoming distressed and create effective intervention strategies Manage multiple team projects by integratingthe tools, templates, and processes into a single team

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7273 KB
  • Print Length: 794 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470423676
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (25 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QGYQ0Y
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Project Management Rethought 2 Oct 2009
By E. Lahey - Published on
I used Wysocki's 4th edition to teach my MBA courses. But the newest edition 5 is so well-written that I have expanded my use to include both undergraduate and MBA project management courses. The new edition has updated material, more useful examples and cases, plus a series of slides for the instructor. The book takes a complicated subject and breaks in down into so much detail that anyone can absorb the concepts. Nice work on the latest edition Bob!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent First Book on Project Management 24 Dec 2009
By Coder - Published on
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I just completed my Project Management class in college, and it is the first time they have used the expanded version of the book (so far as I know). Robert Wysocki knows how to explain concepts deeply and thoroughly...not only will this help you prepare for your eventual PMP exam (you need 3 years Project Management experience to take that exam), but it will help you avoid the common pitfalls related to not choosing the correct management approach.

Right after our finals, I spoke to a student who took this course earlier (with the older version of the book), and he was lucky enough to actually listen to Robert as visiting lecturer for one class. The man is nothing short of brilliant!

This book is fantastic -- one of the true gems of my collge experience. I do have 2 minor quibbles, however:

1) Robert sometimes goes into an explanation that's far too wordy. He does not confuse, but at times he tends to repeat himself -- over and over, for several pages. Not the whole book, just now and then.

2) There are no review questions of any kind. (Not even a quibble for me, but it may be for you.) At the end of each chapter are scenarios to discuss as a group, if you are so inclined. If you are using this for self-study for certification, this will very likely be a real pitfall. However, you could supplement the vast wealth of Mr. Wysocki's real-world experience with one of the exam study/cram books out there.

This is not the book to "cram" for an exam. It discusses terminology and concepts, but goes into great detail about the hows/whys pros/cons of various project management approaches and processes. You must actually read! This book is in no way designed to skim or cram, and you will not be able to do that with this book (unless you already read *this* book and are just reviewing it).

However, if you want to become a good project manager, or improve your practice, this is the best book!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowledge mobilization meets project manaagement 23 Sep 2009
By Michael J. Sutton - Published on
Wysocki has worked very hard to update his new edition of this landmark text with new scenarios, ideas, and concepts. Sometimes my learners in the MBA courses I teach ask me, "What is an example of 'knowledge management.' " I suggest to them that they look at what Wysocki has done to make explicit what is almost always implicit knowledge within a project manager or director.

Wysocki has provided an exemplary text that provides an incredibly thorough illustration of the elements, processes, and learning objects comprising project management. Moreover, this reference should be prescribed as the overarching framework that every CIO and CKO requires as part of their teams' methods to success.


Michael JD Sutton, PhD, Asst. Professor
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
MBA and BBA Programs
Westminster College
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EPMe5 needs improvement 20 Mar 2011
By Mohsen Lashkariani - Published on
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Mr. Wysocki's has really tried hard to blow live in the dry content of PMI PMBOk. It is indeed a very good point that PMI exposition is not the last word about Project Management. However, there are a few things that have to be improved:
- This book should be a multi-volume work, because of the vast concepts covered. Several times, Mr. Wysocki ends an important topic with referring to another book. Concepts like team-building, calculation of project duration, etc are core concepts and have to be discussed in details.
- The concepts has to be clarified with real-life examples. I am surprised that Mr. Wysocki did not include good examples of his own 45+ years PM experience. Moreover, Mr. Wysocki has also mentioned that he has interviewed 10000 Project Managers. It is clear that there are many good real-life examples available.
- His view of Project Management/Business Analyst is unclear and needs more elaboration. The same is also true for Project Management/System Analyst combination.
- Mr. Wysocki introduces 4 PMLCs: Traditional, Agile, Extreme and Emertxe. I do believe that traditional PMLC can be included in Agile. This PMLC is a special case where number of iteration is 1. I have difficulty to envisage a project without goals or solution and without time and finance constraints. All business people that I have met so far are so sensitive about financials and ROI. I believe by addition of another process group to those already defined by PMI, the issue of Extreme and Emertxe can be resolved. Apparently, PMI defined Scoping Process Group does not suffice for this task.
- I found the structure in each chapter confusing. Sometimes I lost the thread and have to go back and forth in order to find out which topic has been discussed?
Readability of this book is much higher than PMBok and I recommend this book to anyone that wish to have an introduction to project management concepts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and clear Explanation of all concepts 14 Jun 2010
By davetvt - Published on
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This is a clear and realistic description of the project management discipline. More for those who want to be or are project managers and project teams than senior management and leadership. Wysocki takes the combined knowledge of the Project Management Institute, layers in modifications/enhancements based on his own decades of experience in the field, and lays out a process to follow regardless of where one is on the project management spectrum.
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