Fundamentals of Project Management, Fifth Edition
Publisher: AMACOM
Final Release Date: August 2016
Pages: 240

Boasting sales of more than 200,000 copies, Fundamentals of Project Management has helped generations of project managers navigate the ins and outs of every aspect of this complex discipline. But much has changed in recent years. Fully updated in accordance with the latest version of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), the fifth edition of this classic text remains the perfect introduction to the subject, showing readers how to:

    • Clarify project goals and objectives
    • Develop a work breakdown structure
    • Create a project risk plan
    • Produce a realistic schedule
    • Manage change requests
    • Control and evaluate progress at every stage
    • Lead the project team

    The book contains new information and expanded coverage on topics including estimating; stakeholder management; procurement management; creating a communication plan; project closure; requirements for PMP certification; and much more.

    Chock full of tools, techniques, examples, and instructive exercises, this up-to-the-minute guide will help you plan and execute projects on time, on budget—and with maximum efficiency.

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Introduction to project management

By Tom

from Nacka, Sweden

About Me Developer, Project Manager

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Not comprehensive enough
  • Shallow
  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about oreilly Fundamentals of Project Management, Fifth Edition:

I have a fair experience in project management, but my experience is based on other methods than PMI's PMBOK (e.g. RUP, PROPS, SCRUM). Thus I read this book as an introduction to PMBOK, and I realize that I am not the intended target audience of this book.

The book is well written, and easy to read. It is a gentle introduction to project management. It covers a lot of aspects of project management. However, as it is an introductory book much width is covered but it is pretty shallow.

I found that my own knowledge of many aspects were deeper than the coverage in this book. This surprised me. However, considering the target audience of the book it should not have been a surprise.

As an example the book ignores Brooks' law ("adding more manpower to a late software project makes it later") and pretends that delays can always be cured by adding more resources. I am sure that the author knows this, he just saves it for the advanced book. In this introductory book things are kept simple.

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