Posted by Kevin Brady on Tue 17th February 2009 at 05:56 PM, Filed in e bookshare
If there is only one book you want to read and you don’t want to spend more than a few hours to get up to speed on project management, this is that book.
The reason why this book is so valuable - most people when first introduced to project management are not interested in reading a lot of material on the subject and want to get a Cliff’s notes version of the subject. That’s when you can get the most benefit from this book. It is better to read this book than not read anything at all on the subject. And it is a very easy book to read.
Posted by Kevin Brady on Sat 7th February 2009 at 07:14 PM, Filed in e bookshare
Until the early ‘90s, project management was definitely located somewhere near the unsexy end of the business spectrum. But now, with the rise of downsizing and outsourcing, it has become one of the hot disciplines. Professional membership of the U.S.-based Project Management Institute has quadrupled in the last decade, and Microsoft claimed recently to have over 2 million users worldwide of its project-management software. The reasons for this growth are simple. Project management is about managing “projects,” that is, unique pieces of work (as opposed to ongoing operations). Downsizing, outsourcing, and the accelerating pace of change have meant that, increasingly, work is carried out on an ad-hoc, one-off project basis. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management is designed as an advanced textbook for businesspeople with a grasp of the basics and insufficient time (or inclination) to go back to school to learn more. Written by Eric Verzuh, president of the Versatile Company, a leading project-management consultancy, this is not a heavy academic text.