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I've been teaching and applying Project Management practices for the past 17years in and outside of the classroom of Tidewater Community College, Newport News Shipbuilding, and MHI Ship Repair, LLC. I've been teaching and applying Project... read more
I've been teaching and applying Project Management practices for the past 17years in and outside of the classroom of Tidewater Community College, Newport News Shipbuilding, and MHI Ship Repair, LLC. I've been teaching and applying Project Management practices for the past 17years in and outside of the classroom of Tidewater Community College, Newport News Shipbuilding, and MHI Ship Repair, LLC.
I found no errors during reading. The book seems to be well proofed and edited.
Based on previous books, it is always good to have new books to support previously taught knowledge. I feel as if this book will be around a long time and utilized in both online and classroom applications. This book is focused on the basics of project management with updated techniques that is used in today’s project management applications.
This book is an easy read and can be easily comprehended by others. Visual examples provided are great.
This is well focused on the topic and no noticeable contradictions to normal practices.
Although there are 13 separate chapters of this book, each chapter built on the other. The content makeup from one chapter was like the next although each chapter provided different information. The tutorials, knowledge tests, and case studies supported each chapter taught.
Very consistent flow, organization, and structure. It provides complete details and learning objectives, content, take aways, test, and more from chapter to chapter.
The online version of this book was easy to access through out. My only recommendation would be, when linking outside applications, that the link creates a new page in a new browser instead of keeping it inside. It makes it a little cumbersome to have to go back to the page left off instead of just closing out of the link that was clicked on.
I saw no grammatical errors though out the book.
I noticed no cultural relevance in this book as the topics were all business/project management related.
I enjoyed reading over this book and look forward to using it in upcoming teaching opportunities at my school and in the field. It’s an easy follow course book for anyone who is not familiar with the subject. For the teacher, it takes a lot of extra work out of creating curriculum when having good references throughout the book. This is a very well-grounded book by the group of authors. I look forward to using this book in the very near future.
This textbook covers all the chapters in Project management. However, some concepts are missing, especially some technical skills and managerial usages of those skills. Is it a good textbook for Project Management? It depends on how the instructor... read more
This textbook covers all the chapters in Project management. However, some concepts are missing, especially some technical skills and managerial usages of those skills. Is it a good textbook for Project Management? It depends on how the instructor designs a course. If the instructor would focus on soft skills and skim technical parts, It can be a good textbook. Otherwise, it is not good enough since some technical concepts are missing. For example, it explain how to get a slack of a task from forward and backward scheduling, but slacks are used only to identify critical tasks. Slack is more than that. Slack is important when we want to minimize the project delay if there is shortage of resources (Resource constrained scheduling), or if we must delay/expedite some of tasks (managerial decision using slack).
The content is accurate. I didn't find any errors or biased content.
Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.
The text is written in lucid accessible prose. And, it provides adequate context for any jargon or terminology.
The textbook is consistent in terminology and framework. No issue found.
The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course.
This book is organized in a logical and clear fashion.
The textbook doesn't have an issue with the interface. The textbook rather is excellent in the interface. It shows a lot of visual aids, especially screenshots in the tutorials for Microsoft Project.
I don't find any grammatical errors.
The contents itself is hard to be offensive or insensitive. And I don't see any thing offensive/insensitive.
I really like to see a step-by-step tutorial of Microsoft Project in a textbook, though.
I've been teaching Project Management for Juniors and Seniors for 5+ years, and Oguz has everything (and a bit more) that I cover. read more
I've been teaching Project Management for Juniors and Seniors for 5+ years, and Oguz has everything (and a bit more) that I cover.
No errors that I found. Seems well proofed.
Nice to have something so new, with references to how COVID has shaped the terrain and virtual PM. Though most of the text is built around traditional Project Management, there is one chapter devoted to agile techniques. I found that to be a nice nod.
Very easy to understand. Plenty of visual examples.
No contradictions that I noticed.
This was one of my favorite parts! Each of the 13 chapters followed a very similar structure, but they almost all included things like cases, MS Project tutorials, and knowledge test quizlets. It would be very easy to mix and match or just pull out the tutorials into a lab book for example.
Very consistent organization. I knew what to expect in each chapter. Learning Objectives->Content->Cases->Key Takeaways->Knowledge Tests->Attributions.
Easy linking throughout, however, when choosing the knowledge test at the end of each chapter, it routes you to the web version with the quiz. While this works swimmingly, I was working off the PDF, and the only way back is the browser back arrow, which returned me to the beginning of the entire text or the PDF. I would love an option to return to the point I left off without being forced into the browser version.
Nothing that I noticed. Of course, the topics are mostly budgeting and scheduling so....
I'm looking for a good OER solution for a PM course I teach with Juniors and Seniors in Engineering and Business. This is a tantalizing option. Oguz successfully hits on all topics I cover in class, with a few more besides.
The text is well organized, and incorporates cases, and knowledge tests along the way, but one of the biggest boons for me is the addition of step-by-step instructions on how to use MS Project to do some of this work. It does not go deep into MSP, but it's a great starting point to give my students the basics. I've found that setting students (even IT seniors) in front of MS Project without any specific instruction can be problematic.
If there is something this text is missing, it's visuals. Though chalk-full of tables, graphs and matrixes, I don't remember seeing one colored image. I know it takes space and could become an attribution nightmare, but I think my students will utilize this text more if it shows more visual interest than a 1929 dictionary.
One chapter towards the end devoted to agile management isn't enough to do any good, but I still appreciate seeing it. It's good to remind ourselves that there is more than one successful way to practice in this field.
Finally, this text draws a lot of its statistics, definitions and more from PMI. It's nice to see the material grounded in industry standards.
Table of Contents
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- Interest/Adoption Form and Feedback/Report Form
- Peer Reviewer Acknowledgements
- Chapter 1. Introduction to Project Management
- Chapter 2. Strategy, Objectives, and Project Selection
- Chapter 3. Project Initiation
- Chapter 4. Project Planning and the Project Scope
- Chapter 5. Stakeholder Management
- Chapter 6. Communication Management, Leadership, and Project Team Management
- Chapter 7. Scheduling
- Chapter 8. Resource Management
- Chapter 9. Budget and Procurement
- Chapter 10. Project Risks
- Chapter 11. Monitoring and Controlling
- Chapter 12. Agile (Adaptive) Project Management
- Chapter 13. Closing the Project
- About the Author
About the Book
The world has become more complicated with the introduction and development of new technologies and methods, and novel risks such as Covid-19 pandemic. Competition has been tougher than it used to be. Organizations strive to keep up with the changes in the internal and external environment. In the light of unprecedented changes, project managers must be prepared in response to the demands from their organizations and key stakeholders like clients, customers and government agencies. This book covers the fundamentals of project management, and aims to guide undergraduate and graduate students to acquire the building blocks of project management. This book also includes Microsoft Project tutorials for project scope, schedule, resources, and cost, and monitoring and controlling.
About the Contributors
Abdullah Oguz is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business at Central Connecticut State University. He was a visiting lecturer at the Monte Ahuja College of Business, Cleveland State University. Abdullah has a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to that, he worked as a senior member of the Projects and Technical Systems Department of the Turkish Customs Administration. His research interests include workplace cyberbullying, cybersecurity, societal implications of big data analytics, and the effects of IT use on social well-being. His research has been published in the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and presented at the ICIS 2019 Doctoral Consortium in Munich, Germany. Abdullah received the Best Reviewer Award at the 2017 Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), held in Boston, USA.