The Project Management Tool Kit, Third
100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right
By Tom Kendrick
Publisher: AMACOM
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 288

Today’s projects are more challenging than ever—and project managers need all the help they can get to succeed amid shifting priorities, budget cuts, interruptions, and other obstacles. Now in its third edition, The Project Management Tool Kit is a must-have strategic partner, filled with step-by-step guidance that will enable managers to get complex projects completed on time and on budget. Extensively updated and revised to reflect the latest changes to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), this results-oriented resource offers 100 powerful, practical tips and techniques in areas including:Scope planning • Schedule development and adjustment • Cost estimating and control • Communications • Defining and using project metrics • Decision making and problem solving • Motivation and leadership • Stakeholder engagement and expectation management • Risk identification and monitoring • Software and technical tools • And much moreComplete with checklists, charts, examples, and tools for easy implementation, this handy guide will help project professionals tackle any challenge that comes their way.

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3.0

A reference book

By Tom

from Nacka, Sweden

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly The Project Management Tool Kit, Third:

I read this book from cover to cover, but that is not the correct way to use this book. When reading it linearly it lacks flow, and jumps from item to item.

This book includes 100 important project management tools (or you may call them project management skills or processes). Each tool/skill/process is described in a short chapter, and these chapters are ordered alphabetically according to the name of the tool/skill/process.

The correct use of this book is as a reference. If you (as a new project manager) are advised by some mentor to do "Resource Leveling" you can look it up in this book to get some good advice on how to do it. If one is uncertain of how to do a task, it is possible to look it up and get some good advice from this book.

The book is based on (and refers heavily to) PMI's PMBOK, but it is useful no matter what project management method your organization subscribes to.

The weakness of the book is that it does not follow a project from initiation and planning over execution to the closing. Thus, it is not possible to use this book as a checklist to make sure that all parts of the project management is remembered.

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The Project Management Tool Kit

By DC Crowley

from The Netherlands

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

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    • Expert
    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly The Project Management Tool Kit, Third:

    Summary
    This book based on the "Project Management Institute (PMI) PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition (2013)" is a quick reference book. Each technique starts with a "what, when, result" intro and then moves to define the issues and develop an approach to solve them and how to communicate to customer. Each tip is very process oriented. The tips and techniques are organised in a start to finish scenario.

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    I would recommend this book to beginners but it is a good quick reference for those more experienced in the project management field. The book covers many scenarios common to every phase of a project. It provides approaches, not case studies. It is a reference book and may not be 'as fleshed out' as you may wish for. But I found it a very useful and succinct book.

    It covers a wide range of issues including conflict resolution, cancelling projects, motivation, planning, costs, resource issues among other things.

    O'Reilly publishing approached me with a view of reviewing books for them. Having a lot of respect for them I agreed. That does not mean automatic good reviews. In this case I have no hesitation in recommending this book. 

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