Project Sponsorship

Authors: David West
Publisher: Gower

Project Sponsorship is one of the least well understood and enacted roles in the whole change management structures of organisations whether Public or Private sector. David’s book is well-structured and absolutely packed with detailed material on everything a Programme Manager, Project Manager or Programme Director would need to know how to do or supervise happening.

The Lifelong Project

Authors: Joseph Phillips
Publisher: Instructingcom, LLC

What could happen if you treated the next year of your life like a Project? That question is where The Lifelong Project starts. However, this is not a book about setting goals – but about achieving them. Written by Joesph Phillips, who, in his own words, had reached rock bottom and pulled himself back from the brink of the cliff by setting himself a challenge.

Early Project Appraisal

Authors: Professor Knut Samset
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Professor Samset’s book is about doing the right project, (as opposed to doing the project right) and about not starting impossible projects that deliver no value however well they are executed. His rationale for evaluating project concepts early, and thoroughly, is summed up early in the book with this description of the early stages of the project:

Essential Project Management Skills

Authors: Kerry Wills
Publisher: CRC press

To successfully deliver projects on time, on budget and within the required scope project managers should be able to deploy the correct techniques and methodology specific to their particular work context. However, amongst many other factors it is now recognised that certain skills are required to deliver projects in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Critical Chain Project Management

Authors: Lawrence P. Leach
Publisher: Artech House

This book purports to be for the professional [project manager] but makes constant reference to basic, and at times very basic project management principles or methods. There is a constant battle of pro and con between the author and Goldratt, and others, with the author proposing his thinking as preferable.

Arras Book of the Month: August 2010

Management Stripped Bare

Authors: Jo Owen
Publisher: Kogan Page

EXTERNAL REVIEW: “Jo Owen avoids the preaching and pseudo-science common to his genre… contains all that I wished I had known before presenting to CEOs.” – John Tate

Models to Improve the Management of Projects

Authors: APM
Publisher: APM

One of many concise titles from APM, Models to Improve seeks to provide a solid form of guidance to the main models currently in use designed to improve the management of projects.

The Project Management Institute Project Management Handbook

Authors: Jeffrey K. Pinto
Publisher: Jossey Bass

More than twenty-five project management experts provide guidance that is both accessible to novices and rich with new insights for seasoned professionals looking to improve their project management processes.

Bid Writing for Project Managers

Authors: David Cleden
Publisher: Gower

This is Cleden’s second book after Managing Project Uncertainty, and he clearly draws upon his 25 years of working in public sector IT to provide this must read guide to conducting successful commercial bids. The book begins with an excellent preface, which helps to set the tone and the style of writing, as well as the author’s own recommendations on how to get the most from the text.

Project Management Drill Book: A Self-Study Guide

Authors: Carl L. Pritchard
Publisher: ESI International

AMAZON ONLINE REVIEW BY C. NEBLETT: “I attended a two-day PMP prep seminar with Carl Pritchard and I purchased this book during that course. Carl Pritchard is an excellent instructor and this book was invaluable to me with respect to practicing all of the Earned Value and other formulas for the PMP examination.”

The Complete Guide to Project Management

Authors: Elle Bereaux
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Co

The Complete Guide to Project Management is aimed at new Project Managers & Project Assistants and endeavours to give them a complete overview of their new role. It takes the reader through the whole process of running a successful project and gives them the tools required to do so.

Arras Book of the Month – March 2010

The Little Black Book of Project Management

Authors: Michael C. Thomsett
Publisher: AMACOM

Michael C. Thomsett’s third edition in his nearly two decade revisions of The Little Black Book of Project Management may cause division, but this reviewer found it enhancing and insightful. The American-written and published Black Book features constant breakaway from endless text consistently, and critics of such style when employed here by Thomsett seem to be dust specs of over think and nitpicking.

Arras Book of the Month: April 2010

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Project Management

Authors: Kim Baker, Sunny Baker
Publisher: Alpha Books

“…by marketing and business-development specialists Sunny and Kim Baker, outlines proven ways to apply this key skill to various situations. In typical Idiot’s Guide fashion, it explains all of the steps necessary to plan a project, assemble and lead teams, monitor progress and bring resultant efforts to a successful conclusion.” – Amazon Review, Howard Kottman

The Management of Projects

Authors: Peter W.G. Morris
Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd.

The Management of Projects examines the experience gained and lessons learned from the management of projects over the past 50 years

The Handbook Of Project-Based Management

Authors: J. Rodney Turner
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

An excellent book by J. Rodney Turner, who was Director of Project Management at Henley Management College (UK), where he once ran an MBA programme for project-based management. Don’t take our word for it – it also has excellent reviews from Amazon Readers, too.

101 PM Problems and How to Solve Them

Authors: Tom Kendrick
Publisher: AMACOM

“…Kendrick’s latest offering, ’101 Project Management Problems and How to Solve Them’ takes a holistic view of Project Management as a discipline, and acts as an effective reference guide to Project Managers from all industries.”

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