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Revised An Introduction to Project Management, Third Edition: With Brief Guides to Microsoft Project 2010 and @task Paperback – 18 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 530 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (18 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451551649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451551648
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,493,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathy Schwalbe is a Professor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, primarily teaching courses in project management and problem solving for business. Kathy earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, her MBA at Northeastern University, and her B.S. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame. She earned both PMI's PMP and CompTIA's Project+ certifications. Visit her Web site at www.kathyschwalbe.com.

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This was a recommended text for the project management module in my Computer Science degree course. Kathy focuses on Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) approach to the subject. This book give an interesting and exhaustive introduction to the subject, and is also very useful as a working reference. It provides a useful contrast to the popular PRINCE2 methodology. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource 16 Jan. 2010
By Julie S. Erndt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must say this is one of the best books I have found to teach an introductory course in project management. It is flexible enough to use for both undergraduate and graduate courses. The third edition follows the latest PMBOK Guide, so it's a great resource for anyone planning to take the PMP exam. This book goes beyond just preparing students for an exam by including lots of information on "how" to perform various project management tasks. I really like the way a concept is explained and then an example is provided on how to apply that concept. There are several exercises and team projects to help reinforce student learning. There are also many real-world references showing how organizations do things right and wrong in project management, plus new xkcd cartoons to lighten things up. I applaud the author for self-publishing this third edition after Cengage decided not to update it. Yes, there are dozens of introductory project management books on the market, but this one is comprehensive, easy-to-read, includes a great free Web site with templates, interactive quizzes, Jeopardy-like games, etc., plus the price is right! Why should we make our students spend over $100 on a dry textbook when they can get this one and actually read it for under $60? The new appendices with guides to using Project 2007 and @task (the leading web-based PM software) are excellent. The instructor materials are also outstanding, and the author is very responsive to instructor inputs. I highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book for teaching introductory project managment 2 Jun. 2010
By Julie S. Erndt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I must say this is one of the best books I have found to teach an introductory course in project management. It is flexible enough to use for both undergraduate and graduate courses. The third edition follows the latest PMBOK Guide, so it's a great resource for anyone planning to take the PMP exam. This book goes beyond just preparing students for an exam by including lots of information on "how" to perform various project management tasks. I really like the way a concept is explained and then an example is provided on how to apply that concept. There are several exercises and team projects to help reinforce student learning. There are also many real-world references showing how organizations do things right and wrong in project management, plus new xkcd cartoons to lighten things up. I applaud the author for self-publishing this third edition after Cengage decided not to update it. Yes, there are dozens of introductory project management books on the market, but this one is comprehensive, easy-to-read, includes a great free Web site with templates, interactive quizzes, Jeopardy-like games, etc., plus the price is right! Why should we make our students spend over $100 on a dry textbook when they can get this one and actually read it for under $60? The new appendices with guides to using Project 2010 and @task (the leading web-based PM software) are excellent. The instructor materials are also outstanding, and the author is very responsive to instructor inputs. I highly recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappoints in several areas 29 July 2011
By Mike B of Syd - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't normally evaluate a book (especially a 'text book') on aesthetics - but in this instance I will. It's ugly. From poorly designed cover through to textual layout that detracts from the structure of the content rather than enhances it, this is one of the most unappealing books I've seen. However, as most won't be too concerned with this as a problem I won't go into the detailed examples.

Quality: p.246 "Error! Bookmark not defined" How does that end up in a published text? There were proof-readers? Perhaps not. P.319: Question: Which knowledge areas include tasks related to monitoring and controlling? Answer: All of them! Well, not quite.

100 pages of this is related to software usage - not quite value unless you want to use both MS Project and @Task and you have little experience with either.

Questions related to 'Alpha Project Managers' isn't appropriate in a publication of this type. While explained earlier in the publication as related to a single text, the content of metrics is repeated in the book and then the Q&A asks the reader about 'Alpha Project Managers'. I don't think jargon is appropriate.

P.353 - I suppose you can reference Wikipedia if you wish to establish a definition. Nasty for instructors when students start to query the authors ability to do so when they aren't entitled in their own papers.

However, I will be positive and indicate:

This is a readable text (at least at the level of the incremental detail.) It offers a lot of additional online instructor content (of value if you wish to use this text as the basis for a course. Much less so if you don't.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to Project Management - Third Edition 30 Dec. 2009
By Andrew Shulick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The third edition is an outstanding introduction to Project Management. It is written in a style that makes it very enjoyable to read and hard to put down. The integration of basic Project Management methodology, graphics/tables, and actual examples of What Went Wrong, What Went Right, etc. provide a means to gain a very good, basic understanding of Project Management. The use of a case study from the beginning to the end of the text to illustrate the methodology presented transforms the presented theory into an understandable, real life situation. In addition, the companion website and industry references provide unlimited additional material to gain in-depth Project Management knowledge. The text is a "must have tool" for the beginner and a "required reference" for the professional.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs work 19 Aug. 2010
By The candidate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is based on best practice theory. It's a shame it does not take the reader of the book into account by pointing out the benefits and motivation of such practices, because of the temporal nature of these project management theories. While the fundamentals are solid and useful the text book fails to predict or foresee various project management schemes and layouts that might be more interactive and exciting for the reader.
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