Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme


pmwj34-May2015-Stevens-BOOKBook Title:   Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, 7th Edition
Author: Robert K. Wysocki, PhD
Publisher: Wiley
List Price: $65.00 USD
Format: Soft cover, 726 pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-1-118-72916-8
Reviewer:     Amy N. Stevens
Review Date: 04/2015



Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme is the 7th edition of a highly successful book on project management. The author, Robert Wysocki, PhD has used his 40 years’ experience as a project manager, consultant and trainer to scribe a book that appeals to a wide variety of individuals including: project management professionals, trainers/educators and students. Each edition builds upon the previous volume as the author is constantly updating the material based on feedback he has received as well as from his own observations as a practicing project manager.

In Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, the author provides a decent overview of projects, a variety of project management processes, and tools for ensuring success. The author makes a point early on in the book that he does not believe in a single model for all projects. By definition, each project is unique and therefore there is not a single best fit model that can be applied to any and all projects. Different projects require different approaches and processes must be adapted to reflect the unique nature of each project. The author is very quick to point out that as project managers, we need to be chefs and not cooks. A cook follows a recipe, a chef is formally trained on how to blend ingredients into unique recipes. A project manager has the foundational tools and knowledge to be able to tailor processes to meet the unique demands of each project.

For readers who may be familiar with previous editions of this book, in the 7th edition, the author incorporates two major changes. In the 5th edition of the PMBOK, the stakeholder group is elevated to a Knowledge Area and this change is reflected within the 7th edition of Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. In addition, the author has added a new chapter to discuss the Enterprise-level Project Portfolio Model (EPPM). The EPPM is a nice addition to the book as many of today’s executives require more rigor for the project review and approval process.

Overview of Book’s Structure

At 726 pages, this is a robust book that not only serves as a decent training text but also a nice addition to a project manager’s library for reference. It is very well organized with a concise introduction that clearly explains how the book can be used by both educators as well as practitioners. The author has organized the information into 18 chapters which span 5 clearly defined parts or sections. In addition to the soft copy book, the author provides additional resources on the publisher’s website that can be used in the classroom. These materials include: power point decks for each chapter as well as classroom exercises, training exercises and case studies.

These 5 parts are key to the book’s layout and are as follow:


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About the Reviewer


pmwj34-May2015-Stevens-PHOTOAmy Stevens




Amy N. Stevens
M.Sc., PMP, ITIL is the IT Director of Finance and Business Analytics for Rexel USA. Amy has over 20 years of experience in software development, project delivery and global team management. She is a success oriented IT leader who has the technical experience and management skills needed to analyze and organize complex deliverables into tangible results in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment where priorities and deliverables are moving targets. Amy is a member of the Dallas chapters of the Project Management Institute and the Society of Information Management (SIM). She holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois, USA.


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