Project Management - A Managerial Approach - Meredeth & Mantel

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Project Management - A Managerial Approach - Meredeth & Mantel

Postby satisfactionuk » Sun 06 Feb 2011 9:26 pm

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VERSION

Many of the books that I have read on project management have limited themselves to what can be considered to cover the basic to intermediate level of competency. The PMBOK Guide, Prince 2, AMP and the Australian and New Zeeland project management books focus more on the management system and philosophy behind project management rather than on actual hard core management practices associated with successful project management.

This book takes all of the previous Project Management reading a whole leap further.

The book is aimed at people who have already got conventional management experience and who are looking to broaden their horizons into project management and students undertaking Graduate/MBA/MSC Business Management courses that encompass Project Management as an elective. The books preference strongly suggests and appears to assume that the reader has had some form of formal management education, training or experience to build on.

Though the book follows the core material in the PMI PMBOK Guide it is much more management focused and therefore provides much greater depth in the relevant material. The core of the book centres on a project giving numerous examples, explanations and test questions, explanations guidance material.

The core project can be followed using the free limited licensed copy of MS Project 2007 and Crystal Ball, Risk simulation software. I personally prefer Palisades dedicated programme @Risk for Projects because it integrates seamlessly with MS Project.

The core content of the book covers all of the topics that you would expect to find in a project management book, but where this book differs is in the depth of coverage and attention to detail that is also reflected in the chapter samples and questions.

As with all good quality book there is ample supporting information available on the named website with answers to the even numbered questions.

My personal opinion is that as for general Project Management books this is the last one that I will buy for my library; however, I will now focus on and buy more specialist project management books that look at specific industries and of course those that cover my core interest which is value chain and complex change management.

REMEMBER, NEVER GIVE AWAY OR GET RID OF YOUR BOOKS.

THEY ARE A VALUABLE RESOURCE NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY MAY BE.

Kind Regards

Stephan Toth

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