Many institutions of higher learning and corporations alike have recognized the value of this title, and the book is used in some university courses and also by corporate trainers. Several groups of people can benefit from the information provided in this publication. Those interested in pursuing an MBA in project management, for example, could read this book for essential background information. MBA graduates could rely on the title as a quick reference, and those who do not intend to obtain their MBA could use it to independently learn the fundamentals of project management. The book, over 400 pages long, consists of five parts.
Part 1 provides a basic overview of what project management actually is, why it is important, and examples of specific situations that would require a project manager.
Part 2 discusses the importance and role of project stakeholders, and also the importance of project rules.
Part 3 gives the reader detailed guidance on how to execute the planning stage of a project, and also includes a thorough examination of the concept of risk management.
Part 4 delves into what should be done when the project is in progress. Important concepts covered include how to build an effective project team, how to cultivate good listening skills, how to manage team meetings, how to solve problems through collaboration, and how to effectively address conflict. Communication skills and methods for monitoring progress are also covered in this chapter.
Part 5 discusses the concept of enterprise project management. In this useful section, strategies to properly address common problems like project delays, significant setbacks, and difficulties associated with managing volunteers are also discussed.
The book also includes links to project management forms that can be downloaded. These documents can help managers to more accurately track the progress of a project and communicate the goals and timelines to those working on it. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management contains quick tips and a summary of the most important points in the chapter. Because of the wealth of practical information and the straightforward and clear presentation, this book is a good choice for anyone involved in project management
Last Updated: 05/13/2013