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Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects

BOOK REVIEW

Book Title: Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects

Author:    Dave Garrett, Editor

Publisher:  J. Ross Publishing

List Price:  US$49.95

Format:   Hard cover; 385 pages

Publication Date:  2012

ISBN:         978-1-60427-039-6

Reviewer:   Massih Hamidi
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Introduction to the Book

This book is a great read for an experienced project manager or for anyone looking for inside information about the idiosyncrasies of project stress during the day-to-day operations of a project. The book offers many tools and great practical advice for a wide variety of situations that occur during most projects. This book has a great way of stimulating your imagination, such as encouraging readers to envision managing projects in their minds. It offers constructive resolutions based on sound analysis.

The book is divided into nine different sections: efforts, motivation, communication, challenges, constraints, assumptions, requirements, planning, day to day management and risk management.  The author explains and writes in a personal style. It is casual and friendly.  The chapters and sections within are uniform in structure and written in a similar voice.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book has 9 chapters that follow a five step process. In each chapter there are problems, warning signs, expectations of “What will happen,” solutions and a “What should I do?” conclusion.

The chapters and sections are concise and there is hardly any fluffy extemporaneous advice.  One interesting feature is the “personal experience” section. It explores a story that matches the situation being discussed, and the author sometimes provides personal input. This book explains all the questions and situations a PM would encounter while managing a project. It also addresses uncommon problems and gives prudent, responsible, ethical resolutions to each.

Highlights: What I liked!

I enjoyed reading the question stems that were initiated within every new section and chapter. I also liked the quick analysis of the five main points and resolution of each chapter. This is not a book you have to read from beginning to end. You can start reading any chapter and be immersed with the particular problem, issue or situation you are having, and it will see you through the recommendation and resolution. 

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About the Reviewer

Massih Hamidi

Massih Hamidi is a Senior Manager – Enterprise Architect for an FBI contract. He has 13 years of IT infrastructure and development experience within the DOD, DOJ and DOS communities.  He has run projects from Initiation to O&M for CACI, EDS, Accenture and Oracle and now within his own company, 2VC, Inc.  Additionally, he has 12 years of teaching experience as an Adjunct with NVCC and other Colleges, teaching IT courses as well as Project Management.  He is currently a PhD candidate in the Project Management Program, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.  Masseh can be contacted at [email protected].

The Project Management Center For Excellence at the University of Maryland offers Masters and PhD degree programs in project management through a mix of on-campus and on-line courses.  Information at www.pm.umd.edu.

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