Project Management for Small Projects


pmwj39-Oct2015-Piracha-BOOKBook Title:   Project Management for Small Projects, 2nd Ed
Author: Sandra F. Rowe, PhD, PMP
Publisher: Management Concepts
List Price:   $32.00
Format: 219 pages, softcover
Publication Date:   2015    
ISBN: 978-1-56726-474-6
Reviewer:     Sara Piracha
Review Date: September 2015


The second edition of Project Management for Small Projects contains a condensed version of PMBOK guidelines aimed at simplifying the project management process and making it more realistic and adaptable for smaller projects and assignments. In addition to the project management framework, this book also highlights the value of the discipline and is useful equally for junior project managers and anyone else who is designated to complete a task or assignment created to improve processes and operational efficiency.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is organized into 3 sections:

The first part is devoted towards making new project managers apprised of the various stages a project undergoes. It is structured to introduce concerns and other vital aspects to take into consideration prior to the initiation of a small project and then explain to a beginner the logical order of knowledge areas within project management. It creates a foundation and primes the user to understand topics covered in the rest of the book.

The second part of the book provides a comprehensive view of each knowledge area that can be adopted for small and simple projects. It explains how phases of executing, monitoring & control can be combined into one knowledge area when working on a small project.

The third section of the book focuses on management of multiple projects simultaneously. It dives into how various tools can be used efficiently on multiple projects to minimize cost and maximize utility of project management tools. It also succinctly discusses the “power of one” to highlight the fact that sometimes, project managers may be the only responsible party and there may not be a team to collaborate with. This is a truthful representation of scenarios in which the project manager is single-handedly responsible for completing the work and also leading and managing the project using his/her ingenuity.

Highlights: What I liked!

This book is a superior resource for not only project managers but also individuals who have had exposure to project management but never received formal training or education in this area. The information in this book is skillfully organized to provide valuable knowledge at a basic level.


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About the Reviewer


pmwj39-Oct2015-Piracha-PHOTOSara Piracha

Texas, USA




Sara Piracha has worked as a project manager and senior analyst for several Fortune 500 companies. In her past roles, she has served in various industries including Aerospace and Transportation. She has an extensive background in finance and accounting. Her project management experience includes a variety of areas ranging from software implementation to auditing and compliance. She is a member of other professional organizations such as Project Management Institute and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Sara can be contacted at [email protected]

Editor’s note: This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.

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