IT Project Management


Book Title:   IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish
Author: Joseph Phillips
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
List Price:   $57.00
Format: Hard Cover, 613 pages
Publication Date:   2010    
ISBN: 9780071700429
Reviewer:     Manjit Aerry
Review Date: 01/2017



This book should be extremely useful for the Project Managers who plan to manage IT Projects – as the book has been written based upon author’s own experience as a Project Manager. The author has tried to explain all the project management processes involved in IT Project Management in a very simple language. The quizzes and exercises at the end of each chapter help the reader test his/her understanding of the contents of that chapter. Additionally, each of the chapter has “From the Field’ section that includes related questions asked from the experienced/reputed Project Managers along with their responses. In other words, IT Project Management techniques recommended in this book are based upon real world IT Project Management experiences.

Additionally, it appears that this book is written to help the readers prepare for CompTIA Project + exam as well. In other words, this book serves dual purpose.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters in this book have been placed in the order it is supposed to be from IT Project Management perspective. Starting with the first chapter that describes Initiating the Project, it explains planning, managing the scope, creating the budget, Building the Project Plan, Organizing and Managing a Project Team, Implementing, Revising Project Plan, enforcing quality in the other chapters before coming to the conclusion of completing the project.

Also, the material relevant for CompTIA Project + exam has been separately identified in each of the chapter with greyed background.


Some of the chapters in this book are very well written, especially Chapter 1 (Initiating the Projects), Chapter 2 (Planning the Project), Chapter 4 (Managing the Project Scope), Chapter 7 (Organizing a Project Team) & Chapter 8 (Managing Teams)

Highlights: What I liked!

I liked the way the importance of Project Scope Statement has been described in Chapter 2 of this book. And it is a true statement that Project Scope Statement is one of the most important documents from the IT Project Management perspective. The project scope is basically the required work that the project must complete in order for the project to be done


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About the Reviewer

Manjit Aerry                      

North Texas, USA


Manjit Aerry
has worked for Oracle Corporation as an IT Consultant for 14 years. He has worked on various Oracle Financials Implementation projects during his career as an IT Consultant.

Email address: [email protected]


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