Fundamentals of Project Management, 5th Ed


Book Title:   Fundamentals of Project Management 5th Ed
Author: Joseph Heagney
Publisher: American Management Association
List Price:   $17.95 USA
Format: Soft Cover, 240 pages
Publication Date:   2016    
ISBN: 978-0-8144-3736-0-51795
Reviewer:     Charlie Green, PMP        
Review Date: Dec 2016


This fifth edition of a great book “Fundamentals of Project Management” that has been around for many years helping beginning and seasoned project managers learn the essentials of project management has been updated. It provides insights into the latest standards and best practices of the profession.

It is an easy-to-read book that provides information on project management tools and techniques through diagrams, examples, lists of points to remember for each concept along with exercises that demonstrates the fundamental knowledge the author is trying to trying to convey.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into 16 chapters. The book starts with an overview of what project management is and the project management profession and the role of the project manager. Then the book gets into the different phases of the project as well as provides detail on the tools and techniques used in each phase that will help the project manager be successful.

The author has updated this version from his previous edition by adding a couple of new sections. The first is Chapter 4 that goes into detail on incorporating stakeholder management into the planning process. There are many stakeholders associated with each project. Knowing and understanding the needs of each and making provisions into addressing the needs of each go a long way in achieving success.

The second added chapter is chapter 15, “Closing the Project”. This is an area that most project managers know we need to do, but studies show that it is done poorly. In addition to turning over the deliverable, transitioning team members and closing out financials, there are other tasks that should be done. The author goes into details on each as well as suggests ways to capture them before the project ends.


At the end of each chapter the author the author provides a list of key points to remember from the information provided in that chapter. At the end of many chapters the author will also provide an exercise that the reader can work through that will help solidify the project management techniques that were discussed in that chapter.

Highlights: What I liked!

The book is well laid out and easy to read. The book could easily be used as a companion to the PMBOK while studying for the PMP exam as the author goes into details on each concept and explains them clearly.


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About the Reviewer

Charlie Green, PMP

North Texas, USA


Charlie Green
has worked as a project manager since 1985. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds a Project Management Professional certification and he currently manages software implementation projects in the Financial Services industry. Previously he has managed new product, business process improvement, business intelligence and system development projects in the financial, telecommunications, information technology industries and in the military. Charlie is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve following a 26 year Air Force career. Charlie is a member of the Dallas, Texas PMI Chapter.

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