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Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling; 10th edition

Harold Kerzner, Ph.D.
John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN: 978-0-470-27870-3

The book is written for both the academicians and practitioners of project management. The style of the text makes it relevant for part time student, who are studying for the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional ® examination as well.

The first 10 chapters deal mainly with business management topics, which are relevant to the project environment world. This is useful as not all readers may have an industrial engineering or business management background or have the work experience. With these 10 chapters – the reader is better able to grasp the relevance of project management to business strategies and operations. The early chapters gives an overview of project management principles and project organizational structures. This followed by organizational behavior, leadership and people management topics that find themselves to the project environment.

The remaining 15 chapters dive head deep into the various knowledge areas and topics at hand in the world of project management. The readers would gain an understanding in terms of planning, scheduling, costing, contracts, project offices, learning and risk management to name a few. Heavy topics of crises in projects and scope changes are covered as these often impact on projects’ success.

The combination of sample questions for PMP preparation, discussion questions and case studies at the end of the chapters augment the learning experience. The practitioner can test his understanding in these scenario building questions and the student can get good practice for their university or PMP® exams. The appendices give more case studies and shows its alignment to the PMP exam.

This in all is an excellent book that any project manager practitioner or student should have in on his/her bookshelf.