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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, but not an essential purchase, 13 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Reconstructing Project Management (Hardcover)
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Sadly, the first thing I have to mention when reviewing this book is the price. The publishers want 55 of your hard earned pounds for this book, and it is very hard to see where the costs to justify that price have been incurred. Certainly not in the design - it looks like a text book from the seventies.

Of course the reason the price is so high is that the publishers really don't expect to sell a lot of copies of the book, so need to be able to cover their costs even if fewer than 1000 people buy it. The reason they will be so pessimistic about its sales potential is that, while it is sort of book that is important and valuable, it is not the sort of book that anyone really desperately needs. You will be able to get through a very successful career as a project manager without ever opening the covers of this book.

Given that, you might ask why I have given the book four stars. Because, although you don't need to read it to be an effective project manager, you will become a more thoughtful one if you do. Unless you are an academic, I doubt you really need to bother with the first section of the history of PM (although it is mildly interesting and well written) but the rest of the book is well worth dipping into.

Project management in general tends to be viewed as a rigid set of processes, the point of which is to get the job done (this outlook also applies to far too many project managers of my acquaintance!). The author's approach is one which is much more grounded in the real world. First, he appreciates that the point of project management is not to get the job done, but to deliver value. Secondly, project management is not a body of abstract rational and perfect knowledge but messy and context specific.

You can buy three excellent books on how to be a better project manager for the price of this one volume, and any one of those books will probably be more useful to you on a day to day basis - but, that said, if you can afford the time to read the book, it is worth the effort. I'll leave it to you to decide if you can afford the price - remember there are always libraries!
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2013 13:40:14 BDT
R. vahidi says:
Most of project failures (which are not rare!) are because people do not fully appreciate the need for change in regid, normative, tool-based traditional views! It is very surprising how someone can replace this book (or say this is equivalent) to three PM books -types of airport books: 1-2-3 and you are a project manager; 10 steps to successfully manage your projects; etc. The comment just tells me the depth of the required/in process evolution in Project Management and the absolute necessity of compatibility between practice and academia is not appreciate as it should! It is a surprise if this come from a practitioner!
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