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The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Project Management, 2nd Edition

BOOK REVIEW

 Book Title:  The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Project Management, 2nd Edition

Author:  Helen S. Cooke, PMP and Karen Tate, PMP

Publisher:  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

List Price:   US $20.00

Format:  soft cover; 400 pages

Publication Date:   2011

ISBN: 978-0-07-173827-9

Reviewer:      Randall Rohde, PE, PMP
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Introduction to the Book

This book gives a good overview of project management processes, tools, organizations and techniques.  I thought the book was slow starting off however, and really did not understand the importance of what I was reading until about the 6th chapter (the book has 12 chapters) which began talking about high level planning.  From there the book went into detail about the steps and tools it takes to manage projects.

Most of what was in the book would probably have been learned when studying for the PMP exam.  So if you have recently had classroom, internet, or other training to prepare for taking the PMP exam, you may be reviewing a lot of what you recently learned.  Even if that is the case there are still items that may have been forgotten already and the book will help brush up on some tools and terminology.  For someone working in the field of project management for quite some time the book would be great as a refresher.

Overview of Book’s Structure

As mentioned, I thought the book started slow.  The first few chapters covered general topics from the history of project management and PMI to people and organizations you may work with.  I believe a lot of the background information found in the first chapters could have been left out but were also interesting at times.  Then the book moves through the project management process fairly thoroughly giving situation examples and quotes from others to backup what was written.  The book covers the complete process from initiation to closeout.  In the last chapter the book closes by talking about organizational project management maturity which gives an overview of some of the “everyday” issues a project manager will have to deal with.  Items like your work culture and environment, project management maturity, technology, metrics, etc.

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About the Reviewer

Randall Rohde, PE, PMP

Randall Rohde graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He was recruited out of college to work for a firm that designs and builds high voltage substations and transmission lines where he is still at today.  During his career he has worked in the construction department, engineering department, field service department, and last the project management department.  Randall received his PE license in 2009 and his PMP certificate in 2012.  Randall’s current role is project manager for several multi-million dollar projects and he resides in Houston, TX.

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