Project Management Essentials You Always Wanted To Know


Vibrant Publishers has created a series of Self-Learning Management Series volumes for all aspects of learning how to become an informed and wise manager and despite the depth of probing insight into problems encountered in management, the books are very easy to read and comprehend.

This current book is by Kalpesh Ashar, a highly credentialed management consultant and corporate trainer. And according to the publisher, `He has authored this series of management books to give a jump start to managers in understanding all aspects of a business. His technology background gives him a good understanding of the management learning needs of non-M.B.A. graduates. Accordingly, he has authored the titles in this series in a simple to understand manner.'
In this well-written, well-illustrated with graphs and templates, book Ashar takes on Project Management. The `project' definition includes small projects manageable form home to complex projects that require a field of workers. After defining exactly what a Project is (and his definition will assure the reader that everyone has a project that needs management, no matter the scale) he divides the book into chapters that address the following steps or concepts: Overview of Project Management; Project Initiation - Constraints, Stakeholders, PMO, Life Cycles; Project Planning - WBS, PERT/CPM (well defined by Alpesh to take the verbal sting out of his communication), Budgeting, Risk; Project Execution - Audits, HR, Communications; Project Monitoring & Controlling - Tracking, Quality Control, Change Control; and Project Closure.

One aspect of Alpesh's approach is ending each chapter with test questions for the reader followed by solid lists of those aspects covered that need to be completely be absorbed before moving on. An example of his writing style follows: `Some projects may also be required due to mandatory regulations, or due to corporate social responsibility activities that every company undertakes these days.' And then he offers some reasons for starting a project:' a) Market/Consumer demand - example: project that led to development of Apple's iPod b) Technology change - example: projects that led to introduction of 3G mobile services c) Statutory/legal/social mandate - example: project that implemented telecom regulatory requirements, like Number Portability d) Internal organizational need - example: project that implements a new process for procurement within the company.'

This is a sophisticated yet no nonsense and extremely accessible book that should provide management skills for every level of manager.

- on by Grady Harp
Date Added: 12/11/2012 by Grady Harp