Project Management Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed



Book Title: Project Management Theory and Practice, 3rd Ed.
Author: Gary Richardson and Brad Jackson 
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
List Price:  $99.95
Format: Hardcover, 610 pages
Publication Date: July 2018         
ISBN-13: 9780815360711
Reviewer: Elena Koulich, PMP
Review Date: December 2018



If a group of seasoned project managers shared all the things they learned over the course of their careers, the amalgamation of their experiences would be this book. It takes a programmatic PMI model of project management and percolates it through the views and experiences of practitioners. The book uses an understandable language to bring often dry concepts to life and casts a broader view on project management vocabulary, models, concepts, and emerging trends.

Overview of Book’s Structure

While each of the seven main sections of the book can be approached independently, the book does have a layered structure with each section delving deeper into project management concepts.

  • Part I. Conceptual overview of the project environment. This part covers foundational topics such as the evolution of project management, industry trends, project life cycle, and project success factors. Nine chapters provide a solid backsplash for the rest of the book.
  • Part II. Foundation processes. This section addresses the key deliverables of a project – scope, cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Part III. Soft skill processes. Here the authors discuss such indispensable themes of project management as stakeholders, communication, human resources, and team management.
  • Part IV. Support processes. Topics of procurement, risk, and integration are covered at length in this part of the book. This part also concludes the coverage of the knowledge processes recognized in the basic model of PMI.
  • Part V. Advanced planning models. This part showcases different approaches to viewing life cycle and introduces such concepts as adaptive models, project simulation, and critical chain model.
  • Part VI. Project executing, monitoring and control. While the materials described in this section are still PMI model-driven – change management, earned value metrics, project closing – the book makes a solid attempt to add a flavor of reality.
  • Part VII. Project environmental support. The final section of the book casts a broader view on the role of the organization, portfolio and enterprise project management, and project governance on a project’s success.
  • Here authors suggest valuable resources on financial metrics, templates and project data repository.


The book aligns exceptionally well with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide and provides a sound foundation of project management topics. At the same time, the authors succeed in bringing these topics closer to real-life projects.

In addition to the classic model, the book brings in a thorough examination of other important areas of project management such as Agile lifecycle, ethics, portfolio, and earned value management, enterprise project management and work breakdown structure.


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About the Reviewer

Elena Koulich, PMP

Texas, USA




 Elena Koulich is a research project manager with over 19 years of industry experience in biotech and clinical research, project management, human biospecimen management, and education. Elena has a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Master’s degree in Integrative Biology and MBA with focus on Data Analysis. She has Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Director of Operations in the Dallas chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI).  Elena can be contacted at [email protected]


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