Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards, 2nd Edition


pmwj16-nov2013-lee-Summary-IMAGE 1 BOOKBook Title:  Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards, 2nd Edition
Author:  Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.
Publisher:  Wiley
List Price:   US$90.00
Format:  soft cover; 437 pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 9781118524664
Reviewer:      Peter Lee
Review Date:              October 2013

Introduction to the Book

The introduction of the book was very well written.  The introduction gives a good overview of what project management is and its components.  It then outlines and describes how and what has changed or evolved in project management to meet the continued changes we see in the field each day.

Project management is no longer limited to local, state, and nationwide projects; it encompasses all businesses and industries and can now be referred to as global project management.  With the global expansion of project management, the metrics that have been used in the past are all outdated and need to be updated.  Metrics need to be updated to meet the demands of projects.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The structure of the book is very nicely lined out.  The author does not automatically assume that the reader is not a seasoned project manager nor does he assume that the reader is a novice project manager.  Its well thought out and organized in a way that both a novice and an experienced project manager can read through the contents without losing site of the main topic.

The preface offers a good explanation of how project management has evolved globally and how projects have changed.  The need for effective governance, to the need for an engagement manager and then to develop and manage the relationships with the customers to create further improvements or more business for those that are consultants.

The topics covered in the rest of the chapters all follow nicely and reinforce what was learned initially and introduces each new chapter in sequential order as to not confuse the reader.  Because one cannot create a dashboard without knowing what metrics to measure and analyze them.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Not having read the first edition, it would be difficult to state what is new in this edition of the book.  The publisher outlines the following updates to the 2nd edition: 


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About the Reviewer

flag-koreaflag-usapmwj16-nov2013-lee-Summary-IMAGE 2 AUTHORPeter Lee

Peter Lee, who received his PMP in July 2008, has been in IT Consulting working for various VARs for 12 years.  He has managed various infrastructure / server / desktop / laptop deployments across the USA, managing up to 65 technicians remotely.  In addition, he is certified in numerous technologies and vendor specific technology. Peter owned and operated an automotive repair franchise for 2 years, sold the business and is now back in the corporate world as a business development project manager for a major wireless telecommunications company. Peter can be contacted at [email protected]. 

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