Saturday 8 February 2014

The Project Management Toolkit : 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right / Tom Kendrick, AMACOM

This is the first in a series of book reviews I'll be posting as part of the O'Reilly Reader Review Progam.

In this handy guide Tom Kendrick aims to outline the basics of project management in an easy to use format.

The main content of the book is based around the PMBOK guidelines from the Project Management Institute, so some familiarity with these and the associated terminology would be an advantage. Having said this the book includes clear explanations of key concepts which will be useful to readers.

The book is not designed to be read cover to cover but used as a desk reference during both the planning and implementation stages of a project. There are many features in the book which make it a handy time saver. Short easy to use summaries of each chapter help the reader to navigate to the right point, with cross-references also aiding speedy navigation. Selected terms are highlighted, making skim reading simple and handy what, where and results panels help the reader understand what they will get out of the selected chapter.

I especially liked the chapter on transitioning to project management which clearly explains both the role of the project leader and the roles of those in their team. The importance of the human element is also highlighted, with tips on communication and motivation. This is an area that I think other similar books often neglect by concentrating only on the practical elements.

All in all I think that this book is a very useful guide for the right audience. If you're about to begin a project management role this book provides a handy desk reference to guide you in the right direction and help ensure that your project is a success.

For more information on this title please visit the O'Reilly product page.


1 comment:

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