Saturday, November 6, 2010

Recommend On Time/On Budget as a good introduction to the basics of managing projects

I just finished reading On Time/On Budget: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Any Project by Sunny Baker and Kim Baker. This is a very good introduction for anyone new to project management. The book is not specific for any particular industry, but at the subtitle states, it is a primer to the general topic. Because this book has been around since 1992, you can likely pick it up pretty cheap. I got my copy for 3 dollars at a local used book store.

A nice trait of the book is its clarity and easy reading. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), sometimes referred to as the Project Management "bible", can be daunting for a newcomer to the field because of all the jargon, processes, and "how to manage everything" approach to project management. By contrast, On Time On Budget does a very good job of stripping away the jargon and complexity, and gives you an easy to read, easy to understand introduction to the basics of managing a business project. If your company doesn't have a lot of Project Management tools or templates for you to use, there are some nice templates at the back of the book that can help you plan, manage, and close out your projects.

Written in 1992, the last chapter on project management software is understandably a bit out of date. The rest of the book is pretty timeless, because no matter how much project management technology improves, the success of every past, present, and future project depends on people being able to manage project scope, schedule, and budget.

No comments:

Follow me on Twitter!

    follow me on Twitter