Project Management Jump Start 3rd Edition


Book Title: Project Management Jump Start 3rd Edition

Authors:  Kim Heldman, PMP
Publisher:  Wiley Publishing. Inc.

Format: soft cover; 360 pages
List Price: US$29.99
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-470-93919-2

Reviewer: Donald Hansen, PMP

Review Date: 6/6/2012

Introduction to the Book

Every new Project Manager needs a guide to good practices and procedures of Project Management and this book provides the basics.  The author goes through the five Process Groups as outlined in the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, called the PMBOK® Guide.  The understanding of how the five process groups interact and what needs to be done with the in depth details of the PMBOK are explained by the author at an introductory level.

Provided are Tips, Notes, Warnings, Templates, and Checklists throughout the book giving excellent starting points for the rigor required to be successful.  As new terms are introduced definitions are supplied from the PMBOK so Project Managers become familiar with the standards.  At the conclusion of each Chapter there are questions concerning the key points covered which I believe will be helpful to new Project Managers.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Organization of the book goes along the five Progress Groups of Initiating, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.  The first two chapters cover the basics of Project Management and lay the ground work for the balance. The next chapter goes into Initiating and starts the Planning.  The five succeeding chapters go through the Planning work and documentation of the full Planning required to deliver a Project on time, on budget, on scope and with high quality.  Chapters 10 and 11 go through Monitoring and Controlling while Chapter 12 covers Project Closure.


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About the Reviewer

Donald Hansen, PMP

Donald Hansen has been a Project Manager for over 25 years with AT&T, Sabre, EDS, and Hewlett-Packard.  Don has managed projects from just a few days in length to larger projects lasting over three plus years in length and multi-million dollars.  He has been a Project Auditor reviewing internal Corporate Projects, identifying troubled projects, and assisting in placing projects back on schedule and on budget.  Working in communications and transportation industries, both applications development and hardware upgrades, he greatly enjoys the high pressure projects of Airline Merger Projects.  Don can be contacted at [email protected].

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