Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile and Extreme, Sixth Edition

Book Title: Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile and Extreme, Sixth Edition
Authors:  Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher:  John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
List Price: US$60
Publication Date: October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-1180-1619-0
Reviewer: Huma Sohrwardy
Review Date: May 11th, 2012


Introduction to the Book

The book is a comprehensive guide for managing projects in a constantly changing environment. The author has presented a framework for determining the best approach for managing projects based on the Linear, Incremental, Iterative, Adaptive and Extreme project management life cycle (PMLC) models.

The book goes beyond the project management discipline and describes the approaches for setting up an effective project management infrastructure, including establishing and maturing a project support office, project portfolio management process and a continuous process improvement program. It provides practical approaches for managing distressed projects and team organization and development.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book has been divided into four parts. Part 1 “Defining and using Project Management Process Groups” provides the reader with an understanding of the project management discipline and an overview of the PMBOK framework. It walks the reader through the traditional project management approach and sets the tone for further discussion in subsequent chapters in the book.

Part 2 “Establishing Project Management Life Cycle and Strategies” walks the reader through different project types and PMLC models and provides a framework for determining which PMLC model to implement. Part 3 “Building an Effective Project Management Infrastructure” provides an overview of implementing a project support office, project portfolio management process and establishing a continuous improvement program.


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Huma Sohrwardy, PMP, CSM 

Huma Sohrwardy is the Principal/Consultant at HZ Technologies, LLC. HZT is a professional services company specializing in the implementation of Corporate Program Office (CPO) and providing training to support CPO management and its processes.  HZ Technologies’ consultants have worked for global industry leaders such as Vodafone, GIO Australia, Federal Government of Australia, Singapore government, James Hardie Industries (Asia Pacific), Rio Tinto, Ericsson and Deloitte Touché to name a few.   Huma is currently working as a consultant with a healthcare industry software provider. In her previous role, she was the Senior Director, PMO and Policy at MedAssets.  Huma is an experienced IT practitioner with 20+ years experience in the use and management of Information Technology as a component of business objectives. She has worked for global organizations in the finance, manufacturing and healthcare sectors and has worked as a consultant for the Australian Federal Government.  Huma holds a Mater of Science degree in Computing and is a certified Project Management Professional and SCRUM Master. She is currently working towards a PgMP certification.  She can be contacted at [email protected].

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