Project Management A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th Edition

PM World Book Review 

pmwj20-mar2014-Diehl-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  Project Management A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th Edition
Author:  Dr. Harold Kerzner, PhD
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price:  US $94.00          Format:  Hard cover; 1264 pages
Publication Date:  2013                  ISBN: 978-1-118-02227-6
Reviewer:      Diane R. Diehl, MBA, PMP
Review Date:              November, 2013


The latest edition of Project Management A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, by Dr. Kerzner, is a must for individuals wishing to obtain their PMP credential.  It is the perfect companion to the PMBOK® Guide, reinforcing and clarifying important concepts a project management candidate must understand.  It is also an excellent reference book for existing project managers and those who are invested in the success of a project.

It is my opinion that Dr. Kerzner, the Senior Executive Director for Project Management of the International Institute for Learning (http://www.iil.com/), is the quintessential author of books related to Project Management.


Used in both undergraduate and graduate courses in business, information systems, and engineering, Project Management A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling is structured as follows:

  • The first five chapters focus on the basic core of knowledge needed for project management.
  • Chapters 6 through 8 continue to focus on the behavioral aspects of the organizational support functions and strengthens the belief that effective project managers know more than just technology or Microsoft Project: they also embrace the soft skill set of managing people as a critical success factor.
  • Chapters 9 and 10 describe factors for predicting success and management support.
  • Chapters 11 through 20 present a detailed examination of planning, scheduling, controlling, cost control, estimating, contracting/procurement, and quality.   

In addition, more than 25 cases studies and more than 125 multiple-choice questions are included.

What’s New in this Edition

In addition to updating existing text to align with PMBOK® Guide changes there  are  over 40 new sections, including: 


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Editor’s note:  This book review was the result of cooperation between the publisher, PM World and the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter – www.pmidallas.org). Authors and publishers provide 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 members keep the books and can receive PDUs for PMP recertification when their book reviews are published.  PMI Dallas Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.  If you are an author or publisher of a project management-related book, and would like the book reviewed through this program, please contact [email protected].

About the Reviewer

pmwj20-mar2014-Diehl-IMAGE2 DIEHLflag-usaDiane Diehl, PMP

Dallas, TX, USA 

Diane Diehl has been practicing project and process management for over 12 years and lives in Dallas, Texas.  Diane has consulted for such organizations as Bank of America, PepsiCo, VMware, Fannie Mae, and Verizon Business Professional Services.  Ms. Diehl holds an MBA from York College of Pennsylvania.  Due to her specialization in process improvement, ITSM risk control, and compliance, she has begun pursuing her CISA Certification, which will provide additional value to her clients.