About This Book

Let's take a quick review of the objectives and approach of this book.


The objectives of this book include the following:

• To be an easy-to-use tutorial and reference resource for any person managing their first project(s)

• To teach the key concepts and fundamentals behind the project management techniques

If these are understood, they can be applied effectively independent of toolset, environment, or industry

• To reduce the "on-the-job" learning curve by sharing the traits of successful projects and "lessons learned" from less-than-successful projects

• To balance the breadth of topics covered with adequate depth in specific areas to best prepare a new project manager

• To review the skills and qualities of effective project managers

Emphasize the importance of project "leadership" versus just project "management"


Consistent with the Absolute Beginner's Guide series, this book will use a teaching style to review the essential techniques and skills needed to successfully manage a project. By "teaching" style, we intend the following:

• A mentoring, coaching style.

• Assumes that the reader does not have previous hands-on experience with project management.

• Teaches the material as if an instructor were physically present.

• Task-oriented, logically ordered, self-contained lessons (chapters) that can be read and comprehended in a short period of time (1530 min).

• Emphasis on understanding the principle behind the technique or practice.

• Teaches the material independent of specific tools and methodologies.

• Teaches the material with the assumption that the reader does not have access to organizational templates or methodologies.

• Provides a summary map of the main ideas covered at the end of each chapter. Research has shown that this type of "mind-map" approach can drive better memory recollection when compared to traditional linear summary approaches.


The scope of this book is clearly outlined in the table of contents, but as we will cover later, it is always good to review what is out of scope to ensure understanding of the scope boundaries. Since the field of project management is extremely broad, and we needed to draw the line somewhere, this book focuses on the proper management of a single project. As a result, the following advanced project management subjects are not covered in this book:

• Program management

• Enterprise portfolio management

• Enterprise resource management

• Advanced project risk management topics

• Advanced project quality management topics

• Advanced project procurement management topics


Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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