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May 24, 2011

Review of ‘Successful Project Management’

Filed under: Project Management — Jag @ 11:16 pm

Successful Project Management, Bonnie Biafore, Microsoft Press, 2011.

Worthwhile entry-level book for people in other disciplines (e.g. business analysis, software engineering) that want to move into project management. The book is largely based on the PMBOK (though it does not use any PMBOK-style processes and diagrams), and covers all knowledge areas. The book sticks with a generic project management approach, which can work with any type of software development methodology. Interspersed throughout the book are sidebars on how to perform various project management activities within Microsoft Project 2010.

On the minus side, I found the book to be a little too verbose for my liking. I preferred Stackpole’s ‘User’s Manual to the PMBOK Guide’ for this reason. Two glaring omissions from this book are the absence of any figures and the absence of any case studies or descriptions. Finally, there are no new ideas for experienced project managers. The book is useful to this latter category in that they can have a handy title to recommend to those interested in the field, and also their business counterparts.

I’d rate this book 3.5 stars out of 5, and recommend it to entry level project managers, who have had SDLC experience on at least two past projects.


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