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TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam Study Guide: For busy architects who need to learn TOGAF 9 quickly
TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam Study Guide: For busy architects who need to learn TOGAF 9 quickly
by Kevin Lindley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy work, 13 Nov. 2015
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I don't recommend this book, there is better material out there, even for free. The book contains embarrassing mistakes in a number of places, and this may be really confusing to someone with not enought experience and understanding to spot them out. Instead, buy the 400 Togaf 9.1 Level 1 Practise Questions Volume 1 by Steve Else, and download the original Togaf standard from Open Group website.
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The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition
The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition
by Robert Damelio
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.21

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 30 Oct. 2012
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Very nice job. This book explains in an easy but yet comprehensive and precise format just what one needs to know and be able to do around 'process mapping'.

I also like the way the motivation and goals for mapping is explained, hence what we're trying to achieve with these tools.

Chapter 7 'how to improve flow' goes beyond the topic, and it is a very valuable bonus to this book. It's sort of 'Quality Development' in a nutshell, and - what makes it so useful - it is directly linked into the preceding discussion about process mapping.

Excellent book for self studying. After reading it once, you'll like to keep it as a reference book for later times.


Secrets to Mastering the WBS in Real-World Projects
Secrets to Mastering the WBS in Real-World Projects
by Liliana Buchtik
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, 30 Oct. 2012
This book does the job. Easy to read and understand. Key points can be found.

The text is as it was spoken in a seminar; there are long sections where she is explaining what she is about to tell you next, or strengthening your faith in the importance of WBS.

However, as a whole, good book and good content to price.

Since it becomes apparent that there is no straight forward recipe or algorithm to structure a good WBS to any given project, I would have liked to see more examples and templates of different types of projects, such that have been succesfully deployed in real world projects.


Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure: Visualizing Objectives, Deliverables, Activities, and Schedules (ESI International Project Management Series)
Building a Project Work Breakdown Structure: Visualizing Objectives, Deliverables, Activities, and Schedules (ESI International Project Management Series)
by Dennis P. Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what the title suggests, 30 Oct. 2012
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One third of the book is about WBS, the rest is about what follows. The writer loves Post-Its so much that he even suggests you should manually do scheduling and critical path calculations, instead of using a PC (and the obvious MS Project).

Good insights here and there, and good to see how activity network, cost and schedule view , communication etc. build up on the WBS.

'Mastering WBS in the real world' by Buchtik was better on the topic of WBS.

On this topic I'd like to see more examples and templates of WBS for different kinds of projects.


How to Manage Project Opportunity and Risk: Why Uncertainty Management Can be a Much Better Approach Than Risk Management
How to Manage Project Opportunity and Risk: Why Uncertainty Management Can be a Much Better Approach Than Risk Management
by Stephen Ward
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 30 Oct. 2012
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Incredibly difficult to read. Writers obviously understand the topic deeply and have lots of valuable experience, but completely fail to formulate their ideas to a comprehensible form. It's not that writers are academic, I can very well read, and really appreciate (structured) academic text, but this book is simply 500 pages of raw braindump.

The core idea behind this book, if I was able to somehow grasp it, was intuitive and easy to accept. A PM should view the whole scene through questions like:
- what do I need to know
- what do I know / not know at the moment
- what do I need to do to get more information, and how do I do that economically
- how certain can I be of the information I already have
- the missing and uncertain information: what variability can that imply to my project objectives

I hope other writers take this important topic and write a better book.


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