Project Management Checklists for Dummies

Book Review

pmwj32-Mar2015-Bapat-BOOK COVERBook Title: Project Management Checklists for Dummies
Author: Nick Graham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
List Price:   $14.99
Format: soft cover, 304 pages
Publication Date:   2014
ISBN: 978-1-118-93143-1
Reviewer:      Anil Bapat
Review Date:            02/2015



“Project Management Checklists for Dummies” is a book packed with handy checklists and templates designed to help one develop an orderly approach to project management by encouraging thinking things through carefully and not leaving important details to chance. It emphasizes getting things done right the first time so that expensive redesign and rework can be avoided later on in the project.

While the underlying theme of the book centers around checklists, its goal is not meant to be a mindless exercise of checking off items but instead is meant to provide direction and guidance as to how those items were identified and the criteria used to determine whether or not it should be included on a checklist.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book begins with a clearly defined and labeled Introduction section. Despite the fact that it is titled “Project Management Checklists for Dummies”, it makes no assumptions that the audience reading the book is limited to just Project Managers only. Extra resources are provided for those who do not have the official title of ‘Project Manager’ but aspire to gain a better understanding of the Project Management field and its concepts. Icons are provided in the left margins of the book to indicate salient points such as tips, examples, and warnings.

“Project Management Checklists for Dummies” is designed so that one can dip into the book at different points according to what one needs at the time. In that way, there are no dependencies between chapters though one will want to read Chapter 1 first just to lay the groundwork for the rest of the book. 


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About the Reviewer

pmwj32-Mar2015-Bapat-REVIEWERAnil Bapatflag-usa

Texas, USA

Anil Bapat is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience in project planning, implementation, and execution. He has supported multiple projects of medium to high complexity with a consistent track record of on-time and on-quality delivery. Anil is a member of the Project Management Institute – Dallas Chapter and received his Masters of Science degree in Software Engineering from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Anil also holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Email address: [email protected]

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