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Project Management for Dummies (US Edition) [Paperback]

Stanley E. Portny
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8 Dec 2006
More than two thirds of American companies use teams to execute their most important projects, making project management a highly valuable skill for advancing your career. Project Management For Dummies, Second Edition introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity.  You’ll find out how to: Define your project and what you intend to accomplish Identify project stakeholders and their expectations Develop a project plan Establish project schedules and timetables Determine which skill sets and resources the project requires Choose team members and define their roles Launch you project and track its progress Encourage peak performance Conclude your project successfully Complete with helpful tips on delegating, shortening schedules, and optimizing your own performance Project Management for Dummies, help you get your project, and your career, off the ground in no time.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (8 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470049235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470049235
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Track your progress and keep everyone in the know Overcome scheduling challenges Today′s projects are more complex and technically challenging. How do you lead one successfully from start to finish? This practical guide gives you the tools you need to deal with schedules, budgets, and deadlines while keeping your cool under pressure. You get the latest on resource management strategies and fresh tactics for team motivation. Discover how to Define your project goals Build a project team Work within your budget Manage risk and uncertainty Handle multiple projects simultaneously Use the latest technologies to stay on track

About the Author

Stanley E. Portny , president of Stanley E. Portny and Associates, LLC, is an internationally recognized expert in project management and leadership with 28 years experience.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good at all 3 April 2009
The book contains really basic information, so if you need to improve you knowledge, this book is not the right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction for the Beginner 27 Jan 2007
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
There have been a bunch of books published recently on project management. Most of them have been oriented to helping the student cram to take the project management certification test. This book is different in that it is less concerned with the reader taking a test than it is with the reader actually learning how to manage a project.

It begins with the 'simple' task of understanding your project. What is the project, can it be done, and developing the start of a plan. From there it goes on to the basic project management problem of putting a team together, managing the team, and of course the paperwork.

Intended to be a beginners book, this book talks about keeping the paperwork to a minimum and doing it manually. Even in Chapter 17 where he talks about using computer technology he talks mostly about standard packages like word processing and spreadsheets rather than integrated project management software such as Microsoft Project.

He mentions Microsoft Project, but he also says that there are more than 50 such packages of all shapes and sizes on the market. Hint, Mr. Portny - For your next edition of this book, provide a list of at least some of these packages with comments, and especially with price, as I suspect some of them are free.

Like most 'For Dummies' books, this is an excellent introduction to the topic.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad as a beginner's guide 5 April 2010
By M. Caruso - Published on Amazon.com
This book is for a beginner, and I was happy to see it included ES, EF, LS, LF, Critical Path, Gannt charts, etc. and even got into the Earned Value concept and some formulas. This seems to have the right amount of detail for the beginner PM, with the exception that it did not even mention the 42 processes or 9 knowledge areas, which I think was unfortunate. I can understand not getting into the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs, but they should have been mentioned. I read it just as a review, but it was just too basic for someone already praticing PM...but then again, I should have known that since it's a "Dummies" book. If you already know PM, pass this one up, and go for a more in-depth book. There are some good one's out here. If you are just starting out, this may be just right for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another satisfied "Dummy" 14 Sep 2009
By J. Spain - Published on Amazon.com
I love the series. Plain speaking, clear, easy to read, large font (do not need a magnifying lens for these tired eyes). Get this to speak "Project management." I really mean it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, yet easy to read 31 Aug 2009
By Beverly J. Heitzer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an easy read yet covers the project management process very well. What I particularly liked about the book were the additional insights into how to deal with common project management challenges. Also, the writer's style is friendly yet concise, making the messages easier to retain. I recommend this book to those new to project management, as well as to veterans in the field who would like a refresher.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Project Management for Dummies 16 Sep 2007
By L. Trimarchi - Published on Amazon.com
The book is an easy to follow step by step guide to project management. Some of the guidelines are obvious, but for someone that knows nothing about the subject, this is a good itroduction and gives good strategies for a general overview of the field.
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