Project Management Case Studies


project-management-case-studiesBook Title:  Project Management Case Studies

Author:  Harold R. Kerzner, Ph.D

Publisher:  Wiley

List Price:   US$65.00

Format:  soft cover, 690 pages

Publication Date:   2013

ISBN: 978-1-118-02228-3

Reviewer:      Maryanne Coelln, PMP

Review Date:              July 2013

Introduction to the Book

This is the 4th edition of Dr. Kerzner’s original work of a compilation of case studies largely from his consulting practice.  The cases stem from several decades, from the 90’s to today, but all are arguably still relevant for today’s projects.

The 2-inch thickness of the book may be daunting at first, but the cases are for the most part extremely readable.  Pick a chapter of a couple pages anywhere in the book on a subject that interests you to start out.  It might be a good way to spend the first few minutes of the day over coffee, or just before your drive home to mull over “what would I do if this were my situation.”  There are probing questions at the end of each case study, which reminded me of the Marketing case studies that I read and discussed as an undergrad.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters in the book are separated by textbook PMBOK knowledge areas (scope, risk, planning, etc.) along with other areas such as project management culture and conflict management.  Start from the beginning, or flip ahead to what interests you most.  The case studies can be just a page or 2, to over 50 in length, and end with probing questions for reflection and discussion. Additionally, he’s included a time management exercise for more strenuous thinking!

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

In this edition, Kerzner has updated the book to include 41 new cases studies, and all of the previous cases from earlier editions.  If you’ve had the opportunity to read his previous edition from 2006, he’s listed the new cases in the front of the book so that you can start with those.

Of the new case studies, you might want to take a look at a new chapter focusing on how one company developed metrics.  I’m currently developing a project management methodology at my company, and I found it interesting to review a case study on that topic.


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About the Reviewer

flag-usamaryanne-coellnMaryanne Coelln

North Texsas, USA

Maryanne Coelln, PMP, is Director of Project Delivery for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.  Maryanne has a B.S.C. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, California and earned her PMP in 2003. She has over 15 years of experience in leading technical project teams and is focused on developing practical methodologies. She has been an active member in the PMI Dallas Chapter for many years.  

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