REVIEW: "The Principles of Project Management", Meri Williams
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"The Principles of Project Management", Meri Williams, 2008, 978-
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%C 48 Cambridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066
%G 978-0-9802858-6-4 0-9802858-6-0
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%T "The Principles of Project Management"
The preface states that the book is intended for anyone who wants to
know enough about project management in order to ensure that projects
succeed, but without becoming an expert in project management.
Chapter one describes what project management is (and isn't),
concentrating primarily on smaller jobs. The material is not high
level, but simple and practical. Initial stages of projects are
presented in chapter two, particularly identifying and choosing
projects. The examples that are given relate mostly to general
management and interpersonal communications. The major project phases
of planning, execution, and control are examined in chapter three.
Chapter four turns to regular management skills. Two interesting
models (each of the simple four-quadrant type) for determining
leadership styles and the development level of members of the team are
introduced. Some practical tools are displayed, such as a mapping
made between the two paradigms, but, unfortunately, not always fully
illustrated. Project completion and customer feedback is discussed in
The promise in the preface is probably fulfilled. There are a number
of helpful points and tips for project management, without going into
the overhead of major management structures. The material is
simplistic, but usable, for those thrust into the project management
sphere without much background.
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