Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, 7th Edition


pmwj28-nov2014-Goss-BOOK COVERBook Title: Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, 7th Edition
Author: Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
List Price:   US$65.00
Format: Soft Cover, 726 pages
Publication Date:  Dec 2014
ISBN: 978-1-118-72916-8
Reviewer:      Mike Goss, PMP
Review Date:            September, 2014


You will use this well-written book for two purposes:

  1. It will be your daily desk reference for the PMBOK® 5th
  2. It will be your guide to choosing the right project management approach for the project you are leading.


The book is clearly organized into five parts:

  1. Understanding project management
  2. Traditional (waterfall) project management
  3. Complex project management (Agile and Extreme)
  4. Managing the realities of projects (distressed projects, multi-team projects, building a project support office, and creating a continuous process-improvement program)
  5. Maturing to enterprise-wide project management

This organization allows you to quickly find the topic you need. The author’s writing style makes you feel that your favorite teacher is explaining the topic in a clear, confident voice. Wysocki offers a clear comparison of traditional, agile and extreme project management. Then, he goes above and beyond with Part 4: Managing the Realities of Projects. Once these topics are covered, he concludes with topics on enterprise portfolio management.


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About the Reviewer 

pmwj28-nov2014-Goss-REVIEWERMike Goss, PMP

Troutdale, Oregon USA

Mike Goss, PMP is a project manager, trainer, author and speaker. His company, Goss Consulting, helps sales professionals achieve their goals by combining storytelling, sales training and sales project management. Mike can be contacted at [email protected] 

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