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A Project Manager’s Book of Forms: A Companion to the PMBOK Guide, 2nd Edition

PM WORLD BOOK REVIEW

9781118430781_cover.inddBook Title:  A Project Manager’s Book of Forms: A Companion to the PMBOK Guide, 2nd Edition

Author: Cynthia Stackpole Snyder

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons     List Price:   US $80.00

Publication Date:   2013     ISBN:  9781118430781

Format: Soft cover, 240 pages

Reviewer:      Kevin Gilliam, PMP

Review Date: May 2013

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Introduction to the Book

This book of forms is a great tool that a project manager will utilize when leading a project and building a PMO. It is the perfect companion for the PMBOK. The way that book is structured it will allow you to start a project while developing the structure and developing artifacts to get things moving for a successful project. These basic forms are simple and usable in small, medium and large project with some tweaking.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book of forms follows the content of the PMBOK Guide and provides a “road map” approach so readers know exactly where they are and what forms precede and follow their current position on a project. This Second Edition aligns with the release of the Fifth Edition of the PMBOK Guide. Hard copies of the forms may be taken and reproduced directly from the book, or from the accompanying Web Link which contains customizable forms for use in any project manager and or PMO.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

I found nothing new in the book the book however; it was really good with templates and helps many project managers to produce project management documentation. This is a valuable tool alongside the PMBOK. The template forms have very limited formatting and to simply use them in the current state would help you in presenting yourself as a professional PM. But then it would be impossible for the book to cater for all requirements so may be keeping things simple and building from there is most appropriate.

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About the Reviewer

flag-usakevin-gilliamKevin Gilliam

Kevin Gilliam has been a practicing project and program manager for over 25 years and lives in the Dallas Fort Worth, Texas area. He has 6 adult children and 11 grandchildren. Kevin has consulted and worked for such organizations as HP, FISERV, Verizon, Nortel, Club Corp USA and McAfee. Kevin is currently working for a major retailer in the Plano TX area and is pursuing PMI’s elusive (in my mind due to time to prep) PgPM certification. A little known fact about Kevin is that he had to retest a second time to get recertified as a PMP. Due, in part that he allowed himself to not complete the needed PDUs to maintain his certification in timely manner. Yes, he had to take the PMP test twice within a 15 year period. So stay current with your PDUs.  [email protected]

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