Great Lessons in Project Management

Book Review

pmwj33-Apr2015-Strecker-BOOKBook Title: Great Lessons in Project Management
Author: David Pratt
Publisher: Management Concepts Press
List Price:   US$29.00
Format: soft cover; 143 pages
Publication Date:   2015
ISBN: 978-1-56726-472-2
Reviewer:     Stephen Strecker
Review Date: March 2015



Introduction to the Book

This book is a fast paced collection of 19 fascinating lessons learned short stories that drive home key principles for success in project management, with a general emphasis on rescuing troubled projects. The book presents a relatively concise yet lively business background scenario for a wide range of challenged (primarily government organization) IT projects that are resuscitated by the author (or one of three of his peers), with effective solution techniques.

The author seeks to teach useful, widely applicable project management lessons learned solutions in short, easily digested chapters, where each one focuses on a single principle. It is a solid contribution to the field, with material that is easily approachable, a quick read and applicable to most types of IT projects. Overall, it provides an insightful consultant perspective, where the author’s extensive experience clearly shines through.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized into 19 short chapters that guide the reader through 19 interesting case studies. Each one presents a problem scenario, along with the solution and a clearly labeled lessons learned summary section. The topics include scope management, management and control, project team management, stakeholder management, project initiation, communications management, quality management, time management, HR management, cost management, project governance, procurement management, project planning, risk management, project execution and project management integration.

The first eighteen chapters can safely be read in any order but the reader should probably save the final (integration) chapter for last.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Personal narrative stores are an excellent teaching tool for sharing practical experience, in a way that draws in the reader. The author is very good at using that approach to compiling a page-turner collection of useful advice that clearly focuses on the PMBOK process groups and knowledge areas. Credible troubled project scenarios set the user up for appropriate project manager empowered solutions, which are then clearly summarized as broadly applicable lessons learned. Each of those lessons learned is descriptive yet concise and directed to either the project manager or the project sponsor (or both).


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About the Reviewer


Stephen Strecker

Texas, USA



Stephen Strecker
, MBA, PMP, ITIL is a Senior Consultant with Healthcare Provider Solutions, a Xerox consulting company, in north Texas, USA. He has over 25 years of experience in the IT and management industry, demonstrating comprehensive expertise with end-to-end PMO, program and project leadership in healthcare infrastructure and application development for major hospital organizations.


Editor’s note: This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management 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].