Project Management in Practice


Book Title: Project Management in Practice, 6th Edition
Authors: Jack R. Meredith, Scott M. Shafer, Samuel J. Mantel (Deceased)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price: $122.95 (Wiley)
Format: Softcover, 310 pages
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-119-29885-4 (PBK) – 978-1-119-29867-0 (EVALC)
Reviewer: Richard Brownjohn, PMP
Review Date: May 2017



Project Management in Practice (6th Edition) provides a detailed technical presentation of project management with “real world” examples of projects that are used to highlight and teach the tools and techniques necessary to manage successful projects and the use of projects to achieve the strategic goals of organizations. As the authors state in their preface, “Communication from some instructors in these institutions told us they would like a textbook that was shorter and focuses more directly on the ‘technical’ aspects of project management than those currently available.” The text references an Instructors’ Manual and Learning Objectives which could be utilized in conjunction with a project management education program. The authors include references to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), with references throughout the eight chapters. Review and discussion questions, and case studies are provided at the end of each chapter. An Appendix section is also included providing a review of the probability and statistics concepts used within the book.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is divided into 8 chapters as follows:

  1. The World of Project Management
  2. The Manager, The Organization, and The Team
  3. Project Activity and Risk Planning
  4. Budgeting the Project
  5. Scheduling the Project
  6. Allocating Resources to the Project
  7. Monitoring and Controlling the Projects
  8. Evaluating and Closing the Project.

The book covers the Project Life Cycle and Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Project Life Cycle and differences between Project Management and General Management. In addition, it includes a discussion regarding Project Selection, Project Management Office and Project Portfolio. Chapter 2 discusses the role of the project manager, their responsibilities, selection of project manager, and fitting projects within the organization. Chapter 3 includes risk management tools and techniques, and project planning including the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Chapter 4 outlines budget methods, cost estimating and management of budget uncertainty and inherent risk with suggestions for dealing with them. Chapter 5 outlines Scheduling (project plan) and determining the Critical Path for the project. Chapter 6 deals with resource allocation and Chapters 7 & 8 review Monitoring and Controlling the project and evaluating and closing out the project, respectively.

All chapters include references to PMBOK, Best Practices and Risks as margin notations and at the end of each chapter Case Studies and Review-Discussion Questions are provided. As noted, the authors include case studies and include one study that follows the planning, building and marketing of an assisted living facility. This is a valuable means of assuring that readers/students are referring to previous chapters as part of the review/learning process.    


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About the Reviewer

Richard Brownjohn, PMP

Dallas, TX, USA




Richard Brownjohn, PMP
has been a project manager for 20 years in the development and construction industry. He currently works for Legacy Partners Development in Dallas, TX. Qualifications include PMP certification and NZCE – Mechanical Engineering.


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