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Managing Projects (HBR 20-Minute Manager Series)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  15 reviews
You’ve been asked to manage a key project—or perhaps you’ve volunteered for an assignment that could advance your career. So how do you make sure the project succeeds? Managing Projects walks you quickly through the basics, including:

• Drawing up a realistic schedule and project plan
• Monitoring key tasks and benchmarks
• Communicating with stakeholders
• Bringing the proj
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Bauyrzhan Kokanov
handy and very brief to the point!
Eliza Leone
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as a goodreads giveaway in return for an honest review.

The practicality of this book is great, it's a small, easy to pocket, soft back with nice quality paper and big easy to read text. There's ample room for placing stickies without covering too much text and margins large enough to write in if that's your thing.

The "key terms" are bold for easy locating and there is a well detailed index in the back of the book. As you progress through the stages of project management from
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Wayne McCoy
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Managing Projects' from the 20-Minute Manager series is a concise, easy to follow overview for project management. It's one of the stronger short overview books I've read. I felt like there was enough reference here to attempt and run certain projects.

Key concepts include discovering what key stakeholders want from the project, how to schedule realistically, how to bring together the right team (and what to do with team conflicts), and how to assess the project. Projects in the real world are r
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Sara
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Managing Projects is a very, very quick read summarizing what you need to know about starting, working on, and completing a project. Much of the book is presented in bullet points with diagrams and samples of organizational charts and flowsheets that you can use to plan out projects.

I was expecting a little more information, but it is a good starting point and brings up topics that I hadn't previously thought about. Recommended for anyone who is just starting to get into project management. Anyb
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Heath Henwood
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Managing Projects (20-Minute Manager Series)
Published by Harvard Business Review Press

This concise book cover the basics of managing a project for those on the run.

It is a very practical book covering Drawing up a realistic schedule and project plan; Monitoring key tasks and benchmarks; Communicating with stakeholders; and Bringing the project to a close.

This book is part of the popular Harvard Business Review’s 20 minute manager series. These books contain quick and helpful advice on managemen
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Stephanie
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I got this as a Good Reads First Read. This book was very clear-cut and well defined. It spells things out clearly to help give context to what anyone who works on any kind of project no matter how big has muddled through before. It's a quick read so it feels more helpful and not a time waister. Despite the occasional odd pronoun usage and quotes from people I neither knew nor cared about, the benefits still outweighed the weirdness. The test at the end was an unexpected but nice touch as was th ...more
L
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Planning:
- define the problem (what is success?)
- identify stakeholders
- set goals (quality, staffing, communication, risk)
- prepare for trade off (scope=schedule+budget)
- list out tasks

Building up :
- staffing
- schedule
- budget

Managing:
- delegate, monitor progress, quality control, stakeholder communication

Closing out the project

A good introduction with useful information for someone starting out in managing projects.
Don Henrikson
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway in return for an honest review.

This book is as expected. It provides a very simple and straightforward look at project management. I believe that its layout and its content make for a very handy reference book. It should be of great benefit to those who finds themselves involved in project management for the first time. It should also serve well the professional who just needs a quick reminder of the basics.

Anna
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I recieved this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is a very clearly written, short and clear book on how to set up, run and complete a project. It give a nice overview of the available organizational resources that can be used and how to organize and break down tasks. In addition it gives suggestions for troubleshooting problems. This is great for not just business management but any project management. It can easily be applied to a scientific or non-profit grant as well.
Mikki Shiu
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is actually a good book for people who want to have a quick read about project management or even a simple guideline about the topic. It is easy to understand and had many tables and sample template illustrations.
Tauras Sinkus
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Covers basic areas of project management, with no big depth, but this is what 20min Manager series are about.
Recommended as easy introductory book to project management or a small reminder how to structure your project management.
Rick Yvanovich
It was good straightforward content that would be useful to the novice to project management. However I was really disappointed with the number of mistakes in the Kindle edition, letters were left out literally on every page which interrupts the flow as you have to work out what the word really is.
Jerzy
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Managing a project should be common sense, but there's so much of it to think about and track. A short guide like this is a really helpful reminder not to forget the "obvious" things.
Melissa
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
No fluff. Direct and to the point. Good.
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Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book needed more examples and fewer theoretical abstractions.
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