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BOOK REVIEW

Book Title:  Your Project Management Coach

Authors:  Bonnie Biafore and Teresa S. Stover
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price: US$44.99

Format:  soft cover, 504 pages
Publication Date: June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-118-14424-4

Reviewer: Johnny Gan, PMP

Review Date: June 2012


Introduction to the Book

You have projects to do and you want to complete them successfully – without making yourself or your team miserable. But many times, the project can present challenges; it may be incredibly complex or have to be finished in record time or with only a tiny budget. At the same time, customers could change their minds or not know exactly what they want to begin with.

To conquer the challenges your project faces and to achieve the desired results, you and your team probably wish there was an expert in the next door who can coach you and give you sage advice. “Your Project Management Coach” is the book that acts as your mentor by explaining project management in an easy-to-swallow and engaging style. You can learn which activities are essential, which are optional and which are needed only in specific situations. The book uses four typical projects to make concepts and techniques easier to grasp, it makes you feel much comfortable to look at your project more closely.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Managing a project isn’t a linear progression from start to end.  The book is organized in parts that map to the project management process groups outlined in the PMI® Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), which breaks down project management into five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing; navigate the ins and outs of every aspect of a complex profession.

Each chapter includes handy advice with tips, notes, and warnings. Also includes tests of your knowledge and project challenges, which can help you review each definitions and concepts you read. Each chapter provides the reader with a complete project management framework that can be used across any kind of project.

Readers will march through successive chapters that explore the idea, elements of the project management procedure, not as a rigid hierarchy, but within a context of real project practice. At the end of this book, Part VI, the author discusses how to take the next steps in project management, which is really helpful to improve project management processes at your organization.

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About the Reviewer

Johnny Gan, PMP

Johnny Gan has many years of software R&D experience at HRsmart.com (http://www.hrsmart.com/).  Mr. Gan received his MS degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA, and is also certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project management Professional (PMP®). Johnny can be contacted at [email protected] .

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].