Creative, Efficient, and Effective Project Management


pmwj38-Sep2015-Padlan-BOOKBook Title: Creative, Efficient, and Effective Project Management
Author: Ralph L. Kliem, PMP
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price:   $69.95
Format: eBook, 289 pages
Publication Date: October 2013  
ISBN: 978-1-4665-7692-6
Reviewer: Marinella Padlan, PMP, CSM
Review Date: July 2015


This is a well thought out and comprehensive book on creativity and how it relates to project management.  The author states, “The main premise of the book is that everyone has the ability to be creative.”  The book contains ideas, tools, and techniques to aid project managers in bringing out the creative side of project teams, and create and encourage an environment that fosters creativity within the project management framework.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of 14 chapters. The first 6 chapters focus on defining creativity, the challenges and benefits of creativity, and how the creative life cycle fits into the product and project life cycles. It addresses misperceptions about creativity, describes characteristics of creative individuals and groups, explains challenges and constraints that inhibit and promote creativity.

The 7th chapter describes the creativity life cycle models that fit in well with the project life cycle. Chapters 8 through 13 follow the same format for the 6 project processes: describing the benefits, consequences of not performing the process, deliverables, challenges and constraints, creative abilities required for each process, actions project managers can take with individuals and teams when setting the environment for creativity, tools and techniques, how the creativity life cycle can be applied, a conclusion, and a “Getting Started Checklist”.

The last chapter has a “baker’s dozen” of takeaways that describe key points that the creative process requires in order to be a success, as well as actions and ideas to be incorporated into projects. Figures depicting life cycles, processes and deliverables, and tables with examples support the concepts.


True to the book’s title, “Creative, Efficient, and Effective Project Management “, the deliverables, tools, techniques, and checklists detailed in the Defining, Organizing, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing processes will guide project managers in managing their projects efficiently and effectively. The author supports the premise of the book by explaining that creativity is an iterative process. Failures should be seen as a “return on experience rather than return on investment” and “as a springboard for eventual success”. Creativity can lead to innovation when discipline, effort, willingness, and perseverance are applied.


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About the Reviewer


pmwj38-Sep2015-Padlan-PHOTOMarinella Padlan

North Texas, USA



Marinella Padlan
is a certified project manager and scrum master. Marinella started her career as a software developer and progressed to leading application development teams for 3 Fortune 500 companies. She is currently an IT Applications Manager at Torchmark Corporation. She has been a certified project manager since 2009 and is a member of the PMI Dallas chapter. She can be contacted at [email protected]


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