Introduction to Project Management Paperback – 14 Jan 2006
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This a both a great textbook for the classroom as well as an easy to read reference book for the casual project manager. As an educator and PMP prep certification course instructor I have seen students gain a solid foundation of the terminology, process groups and knowledge area's they need before taking the next step in preparing to take the PMP exam. An excellent project management foundation book.
I use this book in project management courses at three universities/colleges.
This book (1st edition, but 2nd edition is pretty much the same) is very suitable for this purpose: it offers a very structured approach to PM (based on the US PMI standards). It's straight forward, lots of examples, lots of extra teaching materials, uses an on-going case (for all PM-phases, not like the other books, separate for each). Almost all my students (completely) agreed to: "Is clear and understandable", "Addresses all major aspects of project management", "Is suitable for the course".
What makes this book really added value is the instructions book for MS project (it takes students just a couple of hours to get a good introduction); the project simulation from Fissure -really nice, especially as you can run it just in a couple of hours and students still get the feeling they ran the project-. Pity it is no longer included in the 2nd edition.
We even had time left to run a small project (create a project plan for a major event). And teachers: don't worry, there is still something left to explain in class like EVM and critical path analysis (which is not dealt with in-depth).
Summarised: if you're looking for a hands-on book for your introduction PM course, this is the one!
It's a great text for learning the language of project managers and the process's we follow.
The publisher would have a better product to sell if a download section were included on the web site.
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