Great Lessons in Project Management



pmwj36-Jul2015-Tammana-BOOKBook Title: Great lessons in Project Management     
Author: David Pratt PMP
Publisher: Management Concepts Press
List Price:   $29.00           
Format: soft cover, 143 pages
Publication Date:   2015    
ISBN: 978-1-56726-472-2
Reviewer: Rohit Tammana , PMP
Review Date: 06/2015



Being able to document lessons learnt is one of the toughest tasks of a project manager. Only when you understand your mistakes, you can avoid them in the future projects. David Pratt teaches through this book not only lesson learnt, but also how to make use of those lessons and make a difference on future projects.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of 19 chapters which cover all the PMI knowledge areas and all the processes within each knowledge area. Each chapter cites a unique story and draws upon the lessons learnt from troubled projects. Since each story is unique, equal focus is placed on all knowledge areas and how these integrate with the PMBOK process groups.


This book highlights how just memorizing the PMBOK processes and knowledge areas is not good enough, buy applying the knowledge in the right context matters. The book digs deeper into describing how projects failed in real life and how you can overcome such situations. It helps you gain knowledge on what not to do while running projects and how emotional intelligence plays a vital role to successfully run projects and recover from failing projects.

Highlights: What I liked!

Within each story lies a typical day to day conversation which happens for every project. The book shows how communication management – listening actively and questioning/probing ideas is very important to a project manager to ensure better understanding of every project. The one liner at the end of every chapter summarizes in a single sentence the lessons learned. By just reading these one-liner lessons learned every day, once can avoid the common pitfalls in most projects.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj36-Jul2015-Tammana-REVIEWERRohit Tammana

Texas, USA



Rohit Tammana is a Senior Project Manager with 10+ years’ experience running New Product Introduction (NPI) engineering projects. He specializes in New Product Introduction projects – taking a new product idea development through the project lifecycle all the way to its commercialization. Rohit has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a MBA in Information and Operation Management. Email address: [email protected]

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