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Managing Your First Project: Project Management Quick Start by [Ghantt, Thomas]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 610 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Plumbline Publishing Group; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ACXP2TO
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Project Management for Newbies 14 Dec. 2012
By Oleg Medvedkov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I always enjoy reading 'How-to' books written by experienced professionals deeply dedicated to their field. 'Managing Your First Project: Project Management Quick Start' by Thomas Ghantt is just such a book. Written specifically for those of us who know nothing about proper project management, book explains in simple language how to undertake and successfully conclude projects that can be as simple as planning a Thanksgiving dinner to something more complicated, such as writing a book or creating a website for a large company.

Mr. Ghantt makes a simple point: pretty much any endeavor we undertake in order to achieve something specific, can be considered a project. As such, proper preparation, planning and management can reduce expenditures of time, money, save a lot of frustration, and increase the chances of successful completion. To show how to go about it, and to make it easier for the reader, book is broken into two parts. First part provides a summary of the key project management topics, with numerous examples. Second part consists of a handy 'step by step' guide that covers how to apply these concepts at every phase of a project. The book is logically structured, starts with basic concepts (Triple Constraint + One) and builds on that. The prose is relatively simple, with some sprinkling of terminology that is thankfully not too difficult to understand or follow.

The book is a relatively short read, however, the sheer level of information it provides is such that you will find yourself re-reading some of chapters quiet often.

Highly Recommended for those of us who are serious about completing what we've started.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but in great need of editorial work 2 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Content gets 5 stars. The book truly lives up to its title.

Delivery gets 1 star. The book is in desperate need of proofreading: sentences are just cut off, there are major typos and grammatical errors that change the meaning meaning of ghantt's thoughts and make other ones just downright confusing.

This is a 5-star book for sure if ghantt updates it with major edits.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Guide For Project Management 13 Dec. 2012
By JMAuthor - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I am not a Project Manager myself, I have worked with them. And, truly most of us do in fact work on projects of some magnitude; having guidelines and a step-by-step plan can truly help get the job efficiently.

Mr. Ghantt breaks up the guide in to two primary parts. Part one is the summary of key topics that you can reference easily and part two is a step-by-step approach to the project management steps needed for most projects.

A very detailed guide from the basics of Project Management to working with the project specifically such as phases and life cycle, communication and planning in part one. And, in-depth guidance for the initiation and planning phases, product implementation, monitoring and controlling the project to the project closure. I am not a Project Manager, but for this "outsider's" eyes, I sense this guide will be tremendously helpful for those who are in project management.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book, Managing Your First Project: really put me on track 30 Jan. 2013
By William Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the biggest mistake I made was procrastination. If you get nothing else from the book, it will be a clear, precise roadmap to getting things done. It's pretty obvious that Thomas Ghantt has worked on all sized projects from several million dollars to a couple of small ones that probably only took a day or two. Size is not what matters in Mr. Ghantt's treatise; if you peel away the layers from a large project like space stations or tunnels under Boston, the principles basically are the same. It's just scaled down and with a lot less people. A small job can have just as many headaches as a large one (just less people running around). His definitions are a road map of what is to come in his book; A project is nothing more than a temporary, unique project to achieve a specific outcome and my interpretation is it can get really screwed up if you don't apply Mr. Ghantt's philosophy early and often. You might think this book is not for you because your project is too small. You would be wrong. It's good from planning a bake sale on Sunday after Church, to a boy scout week-end jamboree, putting together a family reunion or even moving a business across town. I don't want to give away the book, because I want you to read it. He outlines a number of rules to follow and gives you a road map to follow. I was amazed that you would approach a small project in much the same manner as a large one. If you do not pay attention to details and some down to earth common sense thrown in for good measure, you will soon learn the down side of not planning properly. I bought the book because I was disorganized and needed some direction. I came away with an entirely different perspective than when I went in. Whatever your project, reach over and push the buy it now feature. If you don't you will regret not having a guide at your very finger tips. I highly recommend it. It's a good read.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Helpful Guide to Help you Complete what you've Started 18 Dec. 2012
By Meghan - Published on Amazon.com
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The first time you're handed a project can be overwhelming--while you probably know that a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, you don't know which step to take. And there's the rub--first projects can make or break (or at least significantly delay) a career depending on how well or competently you manage it.

Thomas Gantt's `Managing your First Project' enables you to take that learned, knowledgeable shortcut--with this book, you no longer have to close your eyes, cross your fingers, and hope for the best. At least, you'll know how to do things that can save you a lot of trouble, such as assess risks, delegate tasks, and decide which aspects should be prioritized in order to ensure the project's completion.

Managing a project, regardless of the actual import (whether you're a member of a huge multinational corporation or just trying to organize an art exhibit for your local organization), says the author, should be fun, but most first-timers in project management emerge from it more or less `damaged'--the grueling tasks that should have been made efficient with the right knowledge can leave a stigma so deep that most people are effectively scared away, swearing never to handle any future project ever again.

The book, therefore, not only addresses those issues, but effectively helps people have a pleasant experience with project management. And the author, Thomas Gantt, is more than competent to show the way--an experienced project manager who has worked with multiple businesses and industries for more than a decade, Gantt knows how to walk the walk, so to speak. What's more, he writes in an easy to understand language that everyone can understand and appreciate.

Project management is becoming an increasingly vital field of expertise, mainly because everyone is engaged in a project in one form or another. Get a copy of `Managing your First Project' and save yourself from a lot of trouble. Highly recommended!
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