The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned



pmwj33-Apr2015-Coelln-BOOKBook Title: The Basics of Project Evaluation and Lessons Learned
Author: Willis H. Thomas
Publisher: CRC Press
List Price:   US$24.99
Format: soft cover, 214 pages
Publication Date:   August 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4822-0453-7
Reviewer:     Maryanne Coelln, PMP
Review Date: February 2015



Introduction to the Book

This is the second edition of an original work created for a doctoral dissertation supported by renowned experts in the field of evaluation.

Looking for an easy to read tutorial on what is, and how to conduct, lessons learned on a project? Mr. Thomas has the ticket for you.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book starts by orienting the reader with a few informational chapters on project management. They’re easy to skip if you are a seasoned project manager, and helpful to read if you are new to the discipline.

Chapter headings lead the reader to areas of their interest. Help on agile projects? Want to get examples of what questions to ask? Is there a company out there similar to mine that I could learn from in a case study? How can I benchmark my improvements? Mr. Thomas has nicely organized the material to help find an area that applies to what is being searched.

Highlights: What’s New in this Book?

Mr. Thomas added three new chapters from his first revision. The new chapters cover Agile Retrospectives, Knowledge Transfer and PRINCE2 (a methodology more common in Europe; a de facto process-based method for effective project management).

Highlights: What I liked!

What I liked most was that the book is written in a very conversational tone. The chapters are easily identifiable as to content, and topics of greater interest can be found quickly. The breadth of project management functional areas to review for improvement and the follow up approaches using various methodologies are very good.

I had an online version for my review, but the hard copy version includes a CD of a Project Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) that could help the reader. It’s a fully functional MS Access Lessons Learned Database if you’d like something set up for you to help store and search for captured lessons learned.


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About the Reviewer


Maryanne Coelln

Texas, USA



Maryanne Coelln
, PMP, is Director of Project Delivery for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.  Maryanne has a B.S.C. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, California and earned her PMP in 2003. She has over 15 years of experience in leading technical project teams and is focused on developing practical methodologies. She has been an active member in the PMI Dallas Chapter for many years.


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