Project Management Tools and Techniques – A Practical Guide


pmwj14-sep2013-Nazanin-Project- BOOK IMAGEBook Title:  Project Management Tools and Techniques – A Practical Guide
Authors:  Deborah Sater Carstens, PMP; Gary L. Richardson, PMP; and Ronald B. Smith, PMP
Publisher:  CRC Press
Format:  Hard cover; 466 pages
Publication Date:   2013
ISBN: 978-1-4665-1562-8
Reviewer:  Nazanin Mehrooz, PMP
Review Date:            July 2013

Introduction to the Book

This book provides useful topics and tools to assist with balancing project objectives against the triple constraints (time, budget and quality) in manufacturing and industrial engineering applications. The typical project life cycle is covered, along with tools and techniques to apply in each phase.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book contains 6 sections and a total of 24 chapters:


  1. Role of the project
  2. Project formulation using tools and techniques
  3. Developing project scope
  4. Tools and Techniques for developing the project plan
  5. Project Execution
  6. Advanced tools and techniques

Highlights: What’s New in this Book

Microsoft compatible tools and add-in for advanced users

Review of the project life cycle and useful tools and techniques in each phase and team tools which help with clarification of roles and responsibilities

The Enterprise PMO chapter covers 16 common reasons why organization initiatives may suffer from mediocre success.  It is very insightful guide for PMOs to address performance issues


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About the Reviewer

Nazanin-Mehroozflag-usaNazanin Mehrooz, PMP

North Texas, USA

Nazanin Mehrooz studied software engineering and has worked in many industries (including defense, telecom).  Most recently, her focus area has been on IT operations, project and program management.  She is an active volunteer for the Dallas and Ft Worth, Texas chapters of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in the USA. Contact email: [email protected]

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