Your Project Management Coach
Best Practices for Managing Projects in the Real World
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: February 2012
Pages: 552

If you manage projects, meet your coach!

Many projects fail to deliver "on time and within budget."?These failures are often the result of poor project management skills. Your Project Management Coach provides a hands-on, pragmatic approach to solving real-world project management problems. Using richly illustrated case examples, the authors show how to apply proven project management techniques to achieve optimum results. The companion website provides forms and templates you can use to put the ideas in the book into action. Whether you're an experienced project manager looking for specific solutions or are new to project management, you'll find a gold mine of practical, field-tested advice.

What you will learn

  • Elements that define a project, including the problem, goal, objectives, and success criteria

  • How to plan a project, including how to identify and estimate the work and cost

  • Best practices for building a realistic schedule, using work estimates, resource availability, and more

  • How to manage quality, risk, and change

  • Techniques for evaluating progress and performance

  • Methods for balancing scope, time, and cost, as well as resources, quality, and risk

  • Why you want to document lessons learned and archive project information

  • When your organization needs a project management office or project portfolio management

You can also use this book to assist in your preparation for the PMP Certification Exam.

Visit to find sample project management documents, a link to the authors' blog, and more

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For the new project manager

By Tom

from Nacka, Sweden

About Me Developer, Project Manager

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


  • Too basic

Best Uses

  • Novice

Comments about oreilly Your Project Management Coach:

This is a helpful book for the new project manager. It is well written and easy to read. However, it does not not have much content that is useful to the intermediate project manager. I had expected more of this book.

The first part of the book "Understanding projects and project management" is extremely basic. This part appears to be written for someone who has never even happened to pass by in the vicinity of a project, much less worked in one. This part is so basic that it becomes dull to read.

The second part of the book about initiating projects and project planning is in my opinion the best part. This part is reasonably thorough, and it has lots of information for the new project manager. Here some parts are even useful for the intermediate project manager.

The rest of the the book (about Executing the project, Closing the project, project management office e.t.c.) is not as good as the part on initiating projects, but still not as extremely basic as the first part of the book.


Excellent read! Quick understanding to PM

By GarnetNR

from Vancouver, BC, Canada

About Me Electronics Technologist, Project manager

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand


    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Your Project Management Coach:

    Well laid out and easy to read. Was a great supplementary book while I was taking my Project Management Diploma Program. Much easier to read and understand that the text book we were using.

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