Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. 6th Edition

Book Title:  Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. 6th Edition
Author:  Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher:  WILEY
List Price:  $60.00 USD
Format:  soft cover; 774 pages
Publication Date:  October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-118-01619-0
Reviewer:  Ran Tao
Review Date:  April 2012

Introduction to the Book

This book includes significant changes from the previous editions. Retaining and expanding on the strengths of the previous editions, this book offers five different project management life cycle (PMLC) models (Linear, Incremental, Iterative, Adaptive, and Extreme). The choice rule for the best-fit PMLC is based on the unique characteristics of the project as well as the business and organizational environment where the project is undertaken. These approaches suggest that major differences exist among projects and that those differences require different management approaches to manage the project successfully. These differences are detailed through an analysis of the Requirements Breakdown Structure (RBS) included in this book.

Based on the author’s forty years of experience managing different kinds of projects, this book creatively defines project management as a unique experience, the common definition of a project which has never happened before and will never happen again under the same set of circumstances. The factors affecting the choice of the PMLC and the adaptation of those models as the project unfolds is detailed in this book.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is organized into 4 parts containing a total of 18 chapters. Part 1 is about defining and using project management process groups. Part 2 is about establishing project management life cycles and strategies. Part 3 is about building an effective project management infrastructure. Finally, Part 4 discusses managing the realities of your project.

In detail, the purpose of Part 1 is to introduce the tools, templates, and processes that comprise the effective project manager’s toolkit. These toolkits are grouped around the five process groups: scoping, planning, launching, monitoring and controlling, and closing according to PMBOK’s standards.


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About the Reviewer

Ran Tao

Ran Tao is currently Assistant Engineer in the department of Science and Technology at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), primarily working in design work of coastal constructions. As alumni of University of Maryland in Project Management, Ran is interested in operation research and risk analysis. Please send any questions by email to [email protected].

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