Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management

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Why learn project management the hard way?

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management, Second Edition will have you managing projects in no time! Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn:

  • Key concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques
  • The mindset and skill set of effective project managers
  • Project techniques that work in any industry, with any tools
  • The common elements of successful projects
  • Lessons from failed projects
  • The value and importance of project leadership versus project management
  • How to manage growing project trends and tough project types that first-time project managers are likely to encounter
  • How to make better use of Microsoft Project
  • How to respond when project reality does not match textbook scenarios
  • Expert insight on key project management concepts and topics

You’ve just been handed your department's biggest project. Absolute Beginner's Guide to Project Management will show you exactly where to start–and walk you step by step through your entire project! Expert project manager Gregory Horine shows you exactly what works and what doesn’t, drawing on the field’s proven best practices. Understand your role as a project manager...gain the skills and discover the personal qualities of great project managers...learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects effectively...manage deliverables, issues, changes, risks, quality, vendors, communications, and expectations...make the most of technology...manage virtual teams...avoid the problems that trip up new project managers! This new edition jumpstarts your project management expertise even faster, with all-new insights on Microsoft Project, challenging project situations and intriguing project management topics of the day.

Customer Reviews:

  • A must have!
    This book is a must have for anyone in project management. It is easy to understand, presented well, and will benefit people of all experience levels. Greg clearly knows what he is talking about and should be teaching courses on project management. I only wish I had this book when I was in that business!...more info
  • GREAT book...both for beginners and brushing up
    I think what makes this book stand out from all the others is how well the information is laid out for the reader. This is definitely a great starting point for a PM beginner. However, I think it's also an outstanding reference guide for those that have been in the field of project management for many years. Anyone that has read the PMBOK or other PM books knows that the material can become overwhelming when it's not communicated clearly. This book does an outstanding job of making the topic easy to understand. I wish this book had been around when I was starting in this field, and even studying for the PMP exam. I highly recommend it!

    Emelee Mitchum, PMP...more info
  • Lives up to its name
    I am not a project manager, but the skills of a project manager can apply to any profession. I found the book easy to read and understand. I especially liked the review at the end of each chapter. The notes and tips were also helpful and I enjoyed the pictures - they lighten up the subject matter. The book lives up to its claim - no prior project management experience necessary....more info
  • Very good for beginners
    I'm a technical person and recently had a new responsibility of managing a short term project.

    I grabbed this book and read it now thrice. It has given me insights that I applied from Day 1. I recommend this to technical leads or small business owners. There are some things the technical minded will not think of at first. So better grab a copy and read it!...more info
  • A great introductory read into PM
    As I am taking the responsibilities of a technical leader, I am being introduced more and more into the concepts of project management, and this book has helped me a lot understanding and getting insights into the subject. Compact, rich, simple, and assumes no prior project management experience. I would recommend it for anyone who is entering a senior position (especially in the software development industry)....more info
  • An OK Book
    This is a mediocre book on project management. There is some good information in there...However, project management is a very mature field and there is a standard for it...this book is not compatible with the PMBOK Guide that holds the standard for the project management. It's ok to use it as long as you know it. Also the flow of the coverage is not very logical...but it's an ok book......more info
  • Generous Sharing of Experience and Ideas!
    Any book with a 45-page index is bound to have a lot of content! The content in this new book that is targeted at "beginners" is helpful, comprehensive, well-written, and, yes, easy to find! The book is a good addition to any PM's library, not just a beginner. The author has extensive experience that he gnerously shares--you'll find practical ideas and suggestions that you can use today. Chapter 2 provides a superb description of the roles, skills, and qualities of the successful project manager. The author describes the critical value and importance of project leadership versus project management--an area that most of us can benefit from reflecting on. He discusses the attitude and mindset required by a PM. Table 3.1 provides common reasons for troubled projects, examples of them, and key learning points concerning each reason--great food for thought and action. Chapter 11 provides a detailed discussion of managing project changes, an increasing concern (as clarified by Cheryl L. White in her book, Change on Demand). Chapter 23 explains how to make better use of Microsoft Project, one of the popular automated project management tools. ...more info
  • Full of Information
    I have re-read a number of books immediately after reading them for the first time. Re-reading well-written fiction is of course a pleasure, but I usually reserve this technique for non-fiction that is hard to understand or very dense, and I may re-read immediately after the first read or months or years later.

    This book is the first I have decided to re-read before I even finished it. The information presented is so full of useful knowledge that I realized I would forget most of the points while I was taking in the newer stuff. With the diagrams and summaries there is a vast amount of content here.

    I have one small criticism that I'd like to make. The book shows common-sense techniques for project management, and on subjects like this we feel we could do the job based on instinct. I think that the book, instead of being almost exclusively saying DO THIS, should have a few examples of DON'T DO THIS. Stories that involve mistakes and disasters tend to make the lesson more memorable.

    I have written several books, and I have rarely been more impressed at how the author handles huge amounts of information.

    Anyway, this book is worth five stars.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention it, but the book has a dangerous typo. On page 208, the book says "Exclude" but the word intended is "Exude" - in this case, that's almost 180 degrees from the intended meaning.

    And a big Hi! to my loyal fans. Glad you trust what I say....more info
  • Very good for the absolute (and I mean absolute) beginner
    If you knew nothing about project management, then this would be the book I would have you read. ...more info
  • It really does deserve its 5-star rating!
    If you're either a new project manager (without PM training), or
    somebody interested or involved in project management, then this
    book is for you.

    I've read the Project Management Institute's Project Management
    Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) cover to cover and I honestly don't
    know how I prevented myself from going to sleep.

    This book, on the other hand, is the most exciting book I've
    ever read about project management. Greg's 16 years of
    experience is evident in his writing.

    Get this book, read it and before you know it, you're on your
    way to become a better project manager.

    ...more info
  • A great book to understand the basics of project management
    I found this to be a great book to share with new employees to help them understand the basics in project management and allow them to begin to understand and utilize the PMI terminology.
    ...more info
  • For Beginners and Much More...
    I enjoyed this book. It is jam-packed with theories and a wealth of practical experiences and lessons learned. This book is very comprehensive and goes beyond the catchy series title of "Absolute Beginner's Guide".

    I particularly found the Tip/Note/Caution pop-up style side-bars amusing and very helpful (I cheated and read them first before every page). Some of these pop-ups are very insightful (e.g. Caution: Page 32 - "A good project manager can still end up managing and delivering a troubled project").

    The summary/review section entitled "The Absolute Minimum", at the end of every chapter, is a very smart and practical method to review what the previous chapter was all about.

    This book goes beyond the mechanics of pure project management. As an example, in Chapter 16 "Leading a Project" this book discusses leadership, techniques and success factors. The "Servant Leadership" approach is extremely effective and I am also very glad that someone had already named it and documented it as early as 1970.

    Job very well done. This book is HIGHLY recommended for beginners and experts alike.

    Marwan F. Zakaria, PMP
    ...more info
  • The Bible of Project Management
    Once again Greg Horine has given the practice of Project Management field the Absolute Reference for managing the projects of the world in his revised edition. In his new second edition he has improved the readability of the format. His "Accelerating the Learning Curve ---- Even More" section has three new chapters that take the reference to the reality level.

    Most books on project management discuss the processes and techniques but fall short by not relating the actual implementation and practice of actually managing the project in real time. Greg achieves this through giving us the benefit of his wealth of project experiences he managed. I managed more than 250 projects in my career so far and it covers the attributes of them all.

    Greg's continued use of Mind Mapping and the graphical representations for reporting the status and issues maintain his standard for reviewing and keeping things in perspective.

    His PMO section is right on. I had the good fortune to be at the beginning stages of a PMO in a multi business enterprise and its evolution and his assessments are correct based upon my experiences.

    This is not only a great reference book for all PM's of any sophistication but it should be the Textbook for Technical Colleges and Universities for Project Management courses. Coupled with the PMBOK A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: (Pmbok Guide) and this reference one need not look further for Project Management references. I hold it in the same group as the Capers & Jones book on software engineering.

    Bravo Greg!

    ...more info
  • excellent for both new and experienced PM's
    I run a management and technology consulting firm and I am constantly searching for materials to supplement our internal training materials. In the past, we have leveraged the PMBOK as the definitive resource for our project managers. After reading this book, however, I will be looking to supplement the PMBOK with this new and insightful guide.

    As you would expect from any good project manager, the book is well organized and out-lined , and uses a logical and conversational approach to covering the subject matter. This is the best book I have seen with respect to speaking in common terms about projects and project management so that the new project manager can quickly become comfortable with the subject matter.

    I particularly like the coverage of some of the `softer' skills in Chapter 2 and throughout Section 4 (Project Execution). Each provides a nice healthy balance to the science of project management (i.e PMBOK) discussed in most project management books. Without the `art', the science is of little true value. Said differently, this book serves as a very practical guide for all levels of project management rather than simply focusing on the academic methodologies. Yet, for those preparing for their PMP, this book does use the PMBOK as its foundation and uses those terms and nomenclature throughout, so that the practical application is all related back to the PMBOK.

    I will definitely use this book as: 1) a basis for educating new project managers in my firm, 2) a refresher for experienced project managers who need some reminders on the `softer' skills that define world-class project management, and 3) a recommendation for my clients to help them understand why we do what we do, and how they can improve their internal project management, and project managers.
    ...more info
  • Project Managers Must Have Bookshelf Reference
    Project Management comes in many forms and Greg covers them all in this easy to read quick to reference guide to PM. When managing multi-level projects with teams and leaders involved it is key to have a method to the madness. Greg gives you a path to follow and makes sure the team understands that path. Love the side notes and the personality of the book as well. A successful project manager is essential to all areas of business. Most professionals should considering brushing up on this language and steps in execution to handle any type of deliverable. I read the book with a new business structure in mind and it brought to light many things that I would not have explored had I not taken the short time necessary to follow steps that force you to consider all angles of an endeavour....more info
  • excellent practical overview
    I've read 10 books on PM in the last 3 years. Without a doubt this is the most practical one I've read. It takes PM theory and goes much further than other beginner's guides to actually telling you how to do apply the theory in the real world. The mind maps are particularly good. I have used these maps extensively for operations staff training and brain storming for phase planning. Highly recommended reading. ...more info
  • Missing the practical approach
    This is one of the better books about PMBOK-based ProjectManagement. But what I really miss, is a practical explanation of how to switch theory to reality. For example: The PMBOK defines 44 processes. Some of them have to be done one time (e.g. defining a Project Charter), but many process steps have to be done daily, weekly, monthly and with different participants. So, what I miss is a description how to organize all these processes during a concrete project including a project plan with all these process steps defined as meetings.
    This book is a really good introduction to PM and it helps to understand every PMBOK process. But when trying to use this methodology in daily work, you dont know what steps to do with whom and when. I simply miss a kind of project calendar showing how to spread these processes over the timeline....more info
  • Good Project Management Book
    This is a good project management book for beginners. It presents a lot of material in an easy-to-understand format. However, be warned that it is not compatible with the Project Management Standard (PMBOK Guide) by PMI. This is not necessarily a bad thing...project management is a wide field.
    Recommended....more info


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