Project Management for Small Projects, 2nd Edition



pmwj37-Aug2015-Edagottu-small-BOOKBook Title:   Project Management for Small Projects, Second Edition
Author: Sandra F. Rowe, PhD, PMP
Publisher: Management Concepts Press
List Price: $32.00
Format: Paperback, 219 Pages
Publication Date:   April 15, 2015 
ISBN: 978-1-56726-474-6
Reviewer: Venkata Ramana Edagottu, PMP, CSTE, ITIL
Review Date: Jun/2015



Managing projects requires time, effort and discipline regardless of the project size. This book is enriched with scalable processes and simplified tools for immediate use in managing small projects. If you are new to managing small projects or currently manage small projects and need more structure, Project management for Small Projects is for you. There are lots of easy-to-follow steps with practical application tips to facilitate learning.

The analysis and recommendations presented in this book reinforces the use of project management on small projects in preparation for eventually managing larger projects. This work uses the Project Management Standard, A Guide to the Project management Body of Knowledge, Fifth edition (PMBOK Guide) as the base to build off. In this book, Author takes the traditional practices used for larger projects and tailored them for small projects, while staying true to PMI’s project management standards.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The overall structure of the Project management for Small Projects is divided into three parts.

Part 1 – Project Management Discipline
Part 2 – Project Management Process for Small Projects
Part 3 – Additional Discipline

Part one covers, Introduction to Project Management, Concerns for Small Projects, Managing and Leading Small Projects and Pre-Project Activities. Elaborated differences between small and simple projects with good case studies are provided. When small projects and simple projects require different approaches, explained where and how to approach and summarizes action items to consider when planning a small project. Great references are provided for how to build an effective SoW with the Business and strategic objectives.

Part two covers, Process Overview, Initiating, and Planning for Small Projects, Planning for Simple Projects, Controlling and Closing Activities. The Small and Simple Project Management (SPM) methodology, created by the author, provides the framework, processes, tools and techniques to manage small projects and it can be further tailored for simple projects. Introduced and abbreviated charter, referred to this book as a ‘Project Charter Lite’ can be used for simple projects. Pros and Cons using top-down and bottom-up approaches for developing a WBS are very helpful. As part of Closing activities, how to conduct formal lessons learned and capture the information and use it for future projects are also included.

Part three covers, Managing Multiple Small Projects, Projects as Part of a Program, Building Effective teams, The Power of One and Transitioning to Larger Projects. Small Project Portfolios followed by portfolio of related projects consist projects of a similar type, organization or subject matter. Interested challenges are listed for project managers who work on projects within a program. Survey results of 80 project managers are thought provoking on their lessons learned.

Highlights and What I liked!

Three parts and 15 Chapters give the reader a comprehensive overview of project management processes, tools and techniques that are scalable and adaptable to small projects. A new chapter on Program Management offers important insights and guidance for managing a group of related small projects in a coordinated way to obtain benefits and control not available from managing them individually.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj37-Aug2015-Edagottu-PHOTOVenkata Ramana Edagottu, PMP, CSTE, ITIL

Manager, Hitachi Consulting,

Texas, USA




Mr. Venkata Ramana Edagottu, PMP, CSTE, ITIL works as Manager of Testing and Quality Assurance (TQA) and is a part of IT Profesisonal Services (ITPS) group at Hitachi Consulting, Americas region. He has more than a decade and half of Software Quality Assurance and Project Management experience using multiple delivery models. Venkat is an active blogger, passionate learner and Agile practitioner. His Paper “Kanban – A visual process management – Empower Delivery needs,” was published at the 8th International Project Management Leadership Conference (PML 2013) organized by QAI. He is member of several professional organizations including the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Project Management Institute (PMI), Association for Software Testing (AST) and Quality Assurance International (QAI). Email address: [email protected]

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