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Fundamentals of Project Management, 4th Edition

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Fundamentals of Project Management, 4th Edition

Authors:  Joseph Heagney
Publisher:  American Management Association
List Price: US$16.95

Format: Softcover, 208 pages
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780814417485

Reviewer: Richard Brownjohn, PMP

Review Date: May 2012

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Introduction to the Book

Fundamentals of Project Management provides an overview of project management with “real world” examples of projects that are used to highlight and teach the basic tools and techniques necessary to manage successful projects. The author includes references to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), and while the style is less formal than PMBOK, the information is presented in a manner that is easy to read.  It provides project management situations with relevant solutions and a summary and question section at the end of each chapter to allow the reader to review and understand the information provided.

The information is presented with tables, graphs and in some cases humorous anecdotes to keep the reader interested while presenting the lesson to be learned. In addition, helpful tools and examples were provided that clearly provided insight into the world of project management. I believe that those new to project management will find the risk analysis and risk matrix tables very helpful in assessing project risks and presentations to stakeholders.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The format is not dissimilar to the PMBOK guide; the opening chapter discusses the five processes utilized to manage a project (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing) and provides a brief outline for the five processes. This chapter also outlines the PMBOK definition for a project, and focuses on the constraints and typical reasons that projects have problems and fail.

The remaining chapters follow the five processes discussing the role of the PM, from project initiation through to substantial completion. How to make project management work in your company is a great supplement to the book and provides examples of what you must do to successfully integrate project management techniques into your company. Examples included references to Tom Peters book “Thriving on Chaos” and the need for management to be vested in the process; if they are not on board and showing an interest in the project and process it is much more difficult to implement.

One chapter provides additional helpful training examples and the need to educate project managers that may be unfamiliar with PMBOK terms such as WBS and risk management tools.

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About the Reviewer

Richard Brownjohn

Richard Brownjohn, PMP has been a project manager for 20 years in the development and construction industry.  He currently works for Legacy Partners Development in Dallas, TX.  Qualifications include PMP certification and NZCE – Mechanical Engineering.

Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World Inc and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Publishers provide books to PM World, books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter where they are given to chapter members who commit to providing a book review in a standard format; the reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library.  Since PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, they represent the intended audience for most PM books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].