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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (May 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470574526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470574522
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The tools you need for successful project management

In today's time-crunched, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. So what does it take to succeed? This hands-on guide introduces you to the principles of project management and shows you how to put them to use so you can successfully manage a project from start to finish. And if you're studying for the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional certification exam, you can rest easy knowing that this book is aligned with the guide that's the basis for the exam.

  • Project management 101 — take a look at the who, what, and why of a project and discover what it really takes to ensure success

  • Keep an eye on the clock — learn how to create foolproof schedules and budgets that keep your projects on track

  • Put your team to work — get plenty of practical tips and guidelines for identifying and involving key players

  • Drive it home — uncover the best ways to track, analyze, and report on your project's activities and bring it to a successful closure

  • Up your project management game — take your skills to the next level with the use of technology and Earned Value Management

Open the book and find:

  • Help for defining your project's goals and expectations

  • Guidelines for knowing your project's audience

  • Tips for breaking your project work into manageable pieces

  • The latest methods for determining and managing resources

  • How to deal with risk and uncertainty

  • Hints for providing effective leadership

Learn to:

  • Organize and schedule projects efficiently and effectively

  • Motivate any team to gain maximum productivity

  • Assess risks, manage changes, maintain communication, and live up to expectations

  • Plan for resources and stay within a budget

About the Author

Stanley E. Portny is a project management consultant and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has provided training and consultation to more than 150 public and private organizations, and he has developed and conducted training programs for more than 50,000 management and staff personnel.

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I'm completely new to project management and this books gives me a good overview. Also, it provided me with a lot of practical advices/tools that I could use right away.
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Had to buy the book for a class and it was a fast read. However, it was more relevant to project management within an organization than simply within a class group, although there were obviously important carryovers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x98bd91d4) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98dd0264) out of 5 stars Another useful For Dummies book - useful project manager's resource Aug. 16 2010
By Project Manager - Published on
Format: Paperback
I liked the author's explanations of a number of the key concepts presented in the 4th version of the PMBOK: four stages of a project's life cycle; the initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing processes of a project; the scope statement; work breakdown structure; and so on.

Each chapter is followed by a summary of which concepts in the preceding chapter are also addressed in PMBOK 4 and therefore most likely to appear on the PMP exam - these summaries are good cheat sheets to use when reviewing for the PMP exam.

I bought the book to brush up on concepts I'd learned on the job over the years, and I am pleased with my purchase.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98dd1534) out of 5 stars does the trick July 13 2010
By BF - Published on
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Refers to the PMBok in all major subjects which is commendable. Gives a simple and clear overview of the project management methodology and is helpful for those who whish to adopt some of the techniques available. However, those who intend to work as project managers, this book is not enough. Go to a qualified school and get the degree.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d38f84) out of 5 stars You read it and you are no dummie any more Nov. 3 2010
By Manfred - Published on
Format: Paperback
The famous "dummies" line may be perceived as very basic and limiting information to the absolute minimum. Not in this book. It is not minimalistic at all. Since project management is only 50% knowledge but 50% skills, it has exactly the correct depth to provide an overview about PM tools and methods without overburdening the reader.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98c861ec) out of 5 stars Well-written useful tool for the novice PM and the expert PM alike Aug. 16 2010
By Jonathan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been a project and program manager for the past 7 years of my career and even with some years of experience I found the 3rd edition of Project Management for Dummies to be very enlightening. I was looking for a tool to help me prepare for the PMP certification exam. Admittedly, I had come across and used a majority of the topics in the book before but the book served as a really good refresher. I thought the topics I hadn't used before were presented in a clear and straightforward way. I had read portions of my colleagues' copies of the 1st and 2nd editions of this book in the past and all three editions of the book touch upon a wide range of PM best practices. The author consistently presents the material in a user friendly, easy to read style. The examples are very helpful. The 3rd edition seems to be tailored to be more of a preparation tool for the PMP certification exam - I thought the first two editions presented useful material for the exam but just not as strong a tool as the 3rd edition. The author got it right this time - study the 3rd edition before you take the exam! I think the main improvement in the 3rd edition was the author's use of the same terminology as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (version 4) - the first two editions seemed to conform with the versions of the PMBOK in effect when they were written, but Project Management for Dummies 3 is current and relevant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e1d7d4) out of 5 stars Dummies - excellent as usual! July 28 2010
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This is an excellent starting guide and great for mentoring new PMs - giving them an easier to read book than some of the Prince2 or PMBOK based material that is published.

Recommended as a starting guide.