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What You Need to Know About Project Management Project Management is all about getting things done without spending too much or taking too long. But when you start hearing things like man-days, PSOs and stakeholders, it just makes it difficult to understand.

So what do you "really" need to know about project management?

Find out: Why setting clear goals matters How to estima
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by Capstone Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Margot Note
Read during a subway ride from the Bronx to Brooklyn to the Bronx again to attend a wedding on a shuffleboard court.
Scott
Jan 16, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, audio
A very short book outlining various subtopics in project management. Items such as planning, scheduling, negotiating, resources, contingencies, progress monitoring, and more are given brief explanations with advice. Although this isn't a comphrehensive solution to learning about project management, the definitions provided are a great start or review for anyone involved in any sort of formal projects. One of the things I liked was that the descriptions are viable for any type of project manageme ...more
Steve
Jun 11, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing
A very light read for a potentially technical subject. I wanted to read this book because of several projects in my life, and I found this guide very helpful. The audio version reminded me of the sense of humor from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy without becoming trite or irrelevant. Come to think, Hitchhiker's author Douglas Adams is quoted in the chapter starts. So . . . I highly recommend this book if you want to read about the project management profession.
Tim
Jun 19, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Project Managers
This is an excellent refresher or even starting book for someone looking to get into Project Management.

I will definitely be reading it again as there were a lot of tips, tricks and advice I will surely need.

Not only is it informative but entertaining as well. There are especially good sections on communication, stakeholders and avoiding burnout.
Bob Wallner
Mar 26, 2015 Bob Wallner rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, projects
Not a bad introduction, but it is only an introduction. I think the author is a bit overly ambitious by saying that after reading this you can successfully run a project. It does a great job at cracking the door, but more learning is definitely required.
MrSmyth
Nov 21, 2012 MrSmyth rated it really liked it
Great book with a good overview on project management. The author includes recommended books on each topic discussed and useful links...nice!
Alex Hughes
Jul 12, 2014 Alex Hughes rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, and surprisingly helpful for anyone who works for themselves and wants to do it better. Highly recommended.
Rebekah Knapp
Dec 23, 2012 Rebekah Knapp rated it really liked it
Fun listening to this on Audible. A dry subject is explained with humor and wit
Bradley
Nov 17, 2011 Bradley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
About as good as one can get in explaining the basics of project management, either as an introduction to the topic or a refresher. I've studied the subject before but sometimes one has to go back and see the forest from the trees and not get bogged down in the smaller details. O'Connell explains every step and them some as laymen as possible, citing real life examples that can be related to as well as repeat steps in a compressed form you can refer to later. He also provides a number of sources ...more
Alina Comsa
Sep 17, 2015 Alina Comsa rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about PM. It manages to successfully touch all the important PM concepts, such as planning, stakeholders, contingency, risks and so on, without becoming as boring as the PMBOK :)

Also, it discusses about how to say no gracefully and the importance of having a life.

And on top of all, you'll find a lot of jokes. Also, you'll find all the shitty situations you've ever been in as a project manager AND how to avoid getting there again.

Do read it! Enjoy ;)
Wes Burke
Jan 10, 2016 Wes Burke rated it it was amazing
I ended up ordering the printed version after listening to the audio version. I'd like to go back through and do some of the worksheets.

Great insight and overview of Project Management.
Lastoadri
Mar 05, 2015 Lastoadri rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Basic refresher for general project management ideas.
I do not really recommend it, unless you have sometime you want to waste in something slightly informative, but not really complicated - or mind exhausting.
Adrian
May 24, 2016 Adrian rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I used it to supplement another, theory based presentation. It was an entertaining read that was true to its title in just providing "what you need to know".
Thomas Jr.
Apr 30, 2016 Thomas Jr. rated it it was amazing
I recently went on a project management audiobook listening binge. This was the most useful book of the whole lot. And I read half a dozen books.
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Jan 25, 2012 نزار شهاب الدين rated it it was amazing
Knowledge, and fun, in every line. Concise, right to the point and very well structured. Quite an enjoyable and fruitful read.
Adrian Thompkins
Sep 14, 2012 Adrian Thompkins rated it really liked it
Project Management for dummies.
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The Sunday Business Post has described Fergus O’Connell as having ‘more strings to his bow than a Stradivarius’.

His 2002 novel, 'Call The Swallow', was described by The Irish Times as ‘better than Schindler’s Ark [itself a Booker Prize winner]. 'Call The Swallow' was short listed for the 2002 Kerry Ingredients Irish Fiction Prize and nominated for the Hughes & Hughes / Sunday Independent Novel
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