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The Project Management Pocketbook (Management Pocketbooks) Paperback – 30 Oct 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Management Pocketbooks (30 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870471636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870471633
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,597,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
In my work as a business analyst for a large financial services company, I was keen to get something bite-sized on project management as a reference in my work. I think that this book particularly clicked for me, as the author has also worked for a financial services company and a large project triggered the original idea for the book.
I have always been a fan of project management technique as a way of breaking down seemingly insurmountable tasks. After buying this book I've felt a lot happier in my work. The analysis techniques outlined helped me in achieving regular success in my projects.
Some of the books on well known project management methodologies (e.g. PRINCE2) are far more comprehensive, but only those working full time in a project management would be able to justify the time required to read them. I was able to read this book from cover to cover in a half-hour train journey and, since then, it has never been far away from my desk.
All the major analysis techniques are covered (e.g. SMART objective setting) in a no-nonsense style. I've found the content is focussed very much around the people involved, rather than just the tasks required. This key point is often missing from more lengthy guides.
Essential reading for any manager, you'll need to guard this book with your life if you buy it, as my copy has been so popular with my colleagues, I often have trouble getting it back. A pithy read and very good value for money.
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By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2006
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I have just largely finished lead managing a nine month project with many different facets and strands (not least the changing facts and environment as implementation progressed). I have never lead managed a project of such compexity or duration before and of all the books I bought to help me this was the lifesaver.
The reasons for this are:
1. It is a small pocketbook which you can easily carry around in your pocket or briefcase and refer to when travelling etc in revisiting tips and techniques at the different stages of progress in a project.
2. Its conciseness is its key virtue - you are getting in a few quickly assimilated pages all the known wisdom and experience on a specific area.
3. It is not just a "do it this way" book but a road map of "have you thought about this" signposts.
4. It proved most helpful on the "softer" areas especially culture change and team dynamics where I am sure most projects fail however well budgeted and resourced.
One of the best investments I ever made - I cannot recommend it highly enough as a starting point for project leaders, even those who think they have seen it all.
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This book is a great source of reference when you need quick answers on small scale projects, or a simple sense check.
It is also good for those who are new to projects and at a loss as to where to start.
Anybody with project experience, or indeed anybody with a degree of forethought will find this book to be too limited in focus.
Nevertheless a bargain buy for those times when you "just need to check"
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By A Customer on 12 April 2001
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if you know nothing about project management, you will be completely lost when you read it. But if you have a practical feeling or some knowledge, this book is perfect to help you checking if you did all the steps and which one is the next one.
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This book does describe the basics, but it doesn't go into enough detail to really add any value to a novice project manager. It provides descriptions such as what a Gantt Chart is used for. This sort of information is wasted on a more experienced project manager. It also lacks any useful information which could be used as a source of reference by a semi-experienced project manager.
My advice is don't waste your money on this and buy a more in-depth book on the topic.
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This should NOT be called Project Management because other than a passing nod to SOME of the project phases and planning tools this is not about project management but task management.

I'm very disappointed.
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Format: Paperback
Good Points:
The book is small and fits into your pocket.
It has lots of interesting and well known models and ideas.

Bad Points:
It is not easy to read through and it is not easy to reference.
Some of the models such as the Forcefield analysis are incorrectly explained.
A lot of the models whilst they can be used for Project Management, are more general models and I would have left them out of a book on Project Management.
If it had stripped out 50% or more of its content, it would have made it better and would have been worth the small price I paid.

Finally, if this book had been marketted as a collection of OR models and management principals including Project Management, this would have described it better.

Sorry but it only gets an OK from me.
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Not a substitue for all the theory that constitutes structured project management, but a good little cheat-sheet. Concise lists of key features, stripped of detail. Not linked to the format of either PMBOK or Prince2.
Proved to be eminently quotable in a job interview situation.
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