The Project Management Pocketbook (Management Pocketbooks) Paperback – 30 Oct 1998
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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.
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.
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"
My advice is don't waste your money on this and buy a more in-depth book on the topic.
I'm very disappointed.
The book is small and fits into your pocket.
It has lots of interesting and well known models and ideas.
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.
Proved to be eminently quotable in a job interview situation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not worth the money - superficial and of little use, could not recommend. Even for a pocket book it does not go into any depth.Published on 27 Nov. 2013 by Duncan
Really useful, concise guide - I bought it to familiarise myself with terminology without having to read a lot of textPublished on 5 Oct. 2013 by D R Barnard
This book is simple but contains all the information necessary for someone starting their first project management. I would recommendPublished on 10 May 2013 by Farzana Khan-Cheema
I've been reading a lot of short project management guides (see some of my other reviews). This one is different. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Dr. M. Clayton