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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (Dec 7 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841272329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841272320
  • ASIN: 0471298298
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,343,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Putting a man on the moon, building the pyramids, even creating a robust database for a large organization... These might seem like impossible achievements, but they are all the results of carefully implemented project management techniques.

Taking a managerial approach, Meredith and Mantel's text equips you with the insight into human behavior, knowledge of organizational issues, and quantitative methods you need to do project management. You'll learn how to select, initiate, operate, and control all types of projects--from public works and engineering projects to information systems.

The text puts you in command of the latest thinking in the field, including:
* Strategic project management: Chapter 2 is now oriented toward using project selection as a major tool for achieving the strategic objectives of the organization.
* Risk manqagement: The authors discuss risk management throughout the text and explain how to evaluate risk using simulation software, such as Crystal Ball. In addition, the text is accompanied by a student version of Crystal Ball(r) 2002.
* Earned value: Chapter 10 features extensively expanded coverage of earned value and includes a detailed example that illustrates the calculation of earned value during the execution of a project.
* Project Management Office: Chapter 4 (Project Organization) contains substantial discussion of the Project Management Office. Additional references to this topic also appear throughout the text.
* Activity-on-node notation: Chapter 8 (Scheduling) has been reoriented to focus on activity-on-node notation, which is used in most of today's software packages.

Includes a free trial version pf Microsoft Project 2002(r)!

A CD-ROM containing a 120-day free trial version of Microsoft Project 2002(r) and a student version pf Crystal Ball(r) 2002 accompanies the text. In addition, the text features new exercises in the end-of-chapter material that rely on he use of computer software. Microsoft Project and Excel printouts are updated and now integrated throughout the text where appropriate. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

HOJJAT ADELI received his PhD from Stanford University in 1976. He is currently Professor of Engineering and a member of the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State University. A contributor to 40 research and scientific journals, he has authored over 250 research and scientific publications, including four pioneering books, and edited ten books in various areas of computer science and engineering. Professor Adeli is the Editor in Chief of the journal, Integrated Computer-aided Engineering. SHIH-LIN HUNG received his MS and PhD from Ohio State University in 1990 and 1992, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, Republic of China. He has authored thirteen papers in the areas of expert systems, neural networks, machine learning, and parallel processing. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I initially purchased this book because I am enrolled in a Master of Science degree program in Management Information Systems. I had to have it for class. As I began to read this book, it is truly a great guide to project management in the information technology industry. I would strongly recommend that all VP's, PM's, and even analyst read this book. It will really help you to understand project managment and how everyone parts is very crucial to running a dynamic project. The author gives great examples and case study that really help you apply the theory to practice.
This is one book that I will definitely not sale back to the bookstore.
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By A Customer on Sept. 27 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book makes learning Project management difficult. It does not clearly define anything. It is full of endless (and senseless) babble and author's "opinions" very few facts. I fully believe this is a required text because of the website Wiley created and the "bonus" cd of Project 2002. The website makes teaching the class a breeze, it gives the teacher quizzes and tests, therefore, the teacher doesn't have to muddle through the maze of crap to find out information. The quizzes are not general but tipically, "what message did the author's try to convey on page such and such".
This book is not worth it!
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because it was required for a class I am taking. I had the 3rd Edition already and wasn't too impressed. But this 5th Edition is much more appealing. I just became PMP certified and reviewing this book before taking the exam was a great primer to get my head out of pure PMBOK and into real world Project Management. The case studies and Directed Readings are great for seeing real world PM activities. I would suggest the book for guidance and classroom type learning. If you're an experienced PM then this book is too academic and won't feed your intellect. Buy something else.
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Format: Hardcover
Jack R. Meredith and Samuel J. Mantel, Jr. have written an academic reference book about project management that is at times dry, theoretical, and boring to read. However, their book is at other times a good, interesting reflection tool for an experienced project manager. A green project manager will often have difficulty to relate the content of the book to his/her new practice. Based on my own experience, there is ultimately no better learning school than getting his/her hands "dirty" in the field under the supervision of an experienced project manager to learn the ropes of the job.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding book. Whether you are new to project management or and old-hand, this book covers many topics in a business like and mature fashion.
I especially recommned it to IT project managers, precisley because it ISNT focused on IT. It is very informative to see how project management is carried out in other industries.
This book cant help but broaden your appreciation of this vitally important aspect of management.
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By A Customer on Feb. 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
I don't know what is worse, my Instructor or this text.
The authors re-define "babble" in this book. It's quite a compendium of sleep inducing theory that never ends. They repeat and define concepts over and over. The chapters are a long and wordy. I can't wait till this semester is over so I can unload this hundred dollar tome of esoteric Project Management lexicon and "theory"..
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Format: Hardcover
The book provides good insight into project management. Suitable for beginning or intermediate level. A few of the concepts and readings are quite out of date. The third edition was last copyrighted in 1995. This can be an eternity in the fast changing project management arena. An update, to include current (1999) concepts and techniques, could make this an excellent text instead of a good text.
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