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The "What You Need to Know About:" Series is what "For Dummies" "Idiot's Guide" books should have been. All the introductory guidance to get you started, but none of the embarrassment, or insult.
This one on Project Management is a near perfect primer on the otherwise terribly complicated world of Project Management (try Googling it, you'll never know where to start). It is also a well rounded introduction to best practices. The references to additional resources are excellent, and are mentioned throughout where applicable.
Anyone who wants to become a project manager professionally, should start here, even if only to get cleared up on the jargon, and vernacular first. Anyone looking to actually get things done more effectively, by managing their own projects with less confusion in their lives, may need go no further than this book.
Colin Mace's delivery is superb. I could listen to his reading all day.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of What You Need to Know About: Project Management to be better than the print version?
No but it is easy to listen to except for references to external content.
What did you like best about this story?
Does a good job of covering the material without any real examples :)
What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It has some personality
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Validation that people at my work know nothing about project management.
Any additional comments?
please please please please please please please please please please please please
Add a PDF document to this audible book for all of the cited references!
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
This book is an absolute godsend if, like me, you've found yourself landed with a project management role and nobody can tell you what exactly that entails.
From start to finish, this book details the precise steps to take to ensure your project success. Using simple examples of successes and failures and the many things that can go wrong, as well as providing plenty of recommended reading and useful websites for anyone looking to do further research, the author provides the skills and processes which help keep projects on track - and keep the project-manager from having a breakdown.
The narrative is clear and concise and the audio-narrator is articulate and clearly comfortable with the subject matter.
This is a book I would recommend to friends and colleagues without hesitation and I will revisit it on many occasions.
A must buy!
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
Very useful tool.
This is the first book I've bought on Project Management, and it is in my opinion that it should be everyones.
It lays the foundations for you to arrange any other more 'industry specific' project management books atop. Its not claiming to give the ins and outs of all industries, but it does give you a more than 'common sense' approach which is transferrable.
Without the structure and directions in this book you may well end up chasing your tail as a project manager!
I am busy drumming this into myself at present, as I want it to be the basis of how I orgsanise my thinking prior to undertaking any major tasks.
Hats off to Fergus O'Connell
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