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Project Management for Dummies

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  46 reviews
More than two thirds of American companies use teams to execute their most important projects, making project management a highly valuable skill for advancing your career. Project Management For Dummies, Second Edition introduces you to the principles of successful project management and shows you how to motivate any team to gain maximum productivity. You'll find out how t ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by For Dummies (first published November 14th 2000)
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Ntombezinhle Nzama
I recieved this book about 3 years ago from a friend because I had been speaking about how I wanted to do a project management course. This book is really great for me as a beginner. Its simple, understandable and gives a holistic understanding of project management. It doesnt, however, delve deeper into the different aspects of project management which are highlighted in the book. I learnt a lot and really want to apply what I learnt in my work
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great reference.
Peter Krol
Nov 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
This was my kind of book! It wasn't super-engaging, but I really enjoyed all of the practical details on project management. The skills learned here are invaluable in my work, as I continue to take on more responsibility in DiscipleMakers.

In addition, Erin and I were able to use the material to develop a "project plan" for our current adoption process! There were so many things to remember, that we were just losing track of them until we get them down on paper. Once we did, it helped the process
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version of this book, and found it extremely helpful. It's not a book that only speaks about prioritizing stuff and time management, blah, blah, blah. The book actually explains to you how to build a road map, but probably most importantly a formula so you can delegate stuff and accomplish projects faster. ...more
Steven Kopp
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
So, it's hard to make a book about Project Management interesting, so I won't fault this book for being generally dull. However, I had hoped it would align more with the Project Management Book of Knowledge (which the description said it did), which it didn't, at least not very well. ...more
Jul 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Good reference. Will likely come back to it in future endeavor.
Norman Wanto
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly useful

If you're looking to manage a team of people to achieve a shared objective, this book is a bible to achieve just that.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Good information, but the overuse of headings, subheadings and boldface made it hard to organize in my mind.
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My accomplished colleagues who are 50+ could read this and discover that they are talented project managers. The book will give you the jargon. Have at it.
Tabs Cat
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good graphics, great exersices. Good information overall.
Djoumessi Clémence
La gestion de projet pour les nuls is not what you called an easy book to read. I've learn a lot of information, maybe too much actually.
At some point I really taught that I was reading a book for my school. It was maybe too much to handle.
Doing some small resume everyday really helped to keep track of the book.

I learned more that I enjoyed but I can say that if you really suck at handling a project, at the end of the book you will feel special like at least you've learned something.
It's a big
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The topic was not exciting and it is not groundbreaking like scrum/sprint methods, but the book very much delivers. Went in a dummy and came out with what feels like a very complete overview of project management. You easily feel comfortable and capable of running a project. Lots of quality tips and tricks :)
Gianfranco Gentile
The project manager in charge of the publication of this book must have skipped the quality control stage. This edition is replete with typos, repetitions and omissions, which is rather irritating. I hope the next edition will be proofread.
Chuck Cova
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pers-prof-dev
I'm always pleasantly surprised with the quality of the "Dummies" books... ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, non-fiction
It was fine. Got some new concepts but nothing ground breaking.
Sandesh Kalantre
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A useful guide for quantitative details about project management techniques.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Listening to this book was not a perfect fit for me. Should have found a physical copy. Abosrbed maybe 5% of what Portny was talking about.
Bader Al-Shafei
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I got the UK edition. Prefer US. Thats y i didnt read the whole thing. Just flipped through.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I've done a lot of project management on the job without knowing the full scope of methodology there is behind the tasks.

This book helped me in getting some insights in those things I wasn't involved in so far (such as in the direct calculation of resources and budgeting) and helped me enhance my templates already used for the organisation of my day to day work.

As already remarked by other reviewers, the book, as most of the "Dummies" book, is poorly organized. To get the best out of all the not
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh. It wasn't bad. I was looking for something a bit more in depth but I guess that's my fault for buying "for dummies". On the plus side, I got this online used at Amazon and it was 25 cents plus three bucks for shipping so I didn't exactly get ripped off.

There are some useful formulas in here that I could use to help evaluate ongoing projects in order to get a different perspective than what I already had but generally I feel like this was written for someone with little to no supervisory exp
Tim Gannon
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: organizational
Was pretty fascinating. I decided since there is so much I want to accomplish in my life, the knowledge in this book might come in handy. It goes over defining the project, who your audience is, breaking down the project into its activities, making network diagrams, estimating budget and timelines, planning for other resources, computer software that can help (weak chapter), team member roles and responsibilities, risk management, tracking progress, communication, leadership and management. It p ...more
Bob Wallner
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: projects
I have always had a lot of luck with the "dummies books".

I purchased Project Management For Dummies I thought it would be more about the tools, however they make it very clear that the tools just support the methodology. As a lean practitioners I constantly battle the mindset of tools bring more important than the system, I actually like that philosophy. This was probably the single biggest thing I got out of this book. That and how to transition out of a project when it is complete.
Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very simple and easy to read book about project management. I would recommend it as a good intro book into project management, but overall, the book lacks substance. Also, I find the Dummies books poorly organized. Furthermore, the book tries too hard to bring project management down to Earth. By the time the book tries to get into some of the basics, the book is pretty much over.
Marjorie Elwood
May 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I had wondered whether I would like project management, given the thrill I get in organizing, but the answer is emphatically: "No". I nearly fell asleep while attempting to read this. No reflection on the book itself: I'm sure it's very helpful and certainly seemed well laid out. There was an interesting portion about how to ameliorate the situation if you're being micromanaged. ...more
Dec 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The 1 star rating might be misleading because I can see how this book might be useful for project managers, especially those that are new to the field, but that's not my occupation. I picked this up because it was free & I was hoping for some tips for helping me manage my own workload but there weren't too many to be found. ...more
Tri Le
As with all "For Dummies" book, it's not all that in-depth, but does give an adequate overview of project management as a subject. It has some suggested basic guidelines on project management work and serves as a decent reference. It's a good introduction to the field and wouldn't hurt any beginning project managers to read. ...more
Dilip Patel
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Book is easy to read and understand. Covers project planning, scheduling, budgeting, organizing, and controlling. Has very good examples. The chapter on scheduling and earliest/latest start/finish date was very interesting.
Edilson DaSilva
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who wanna master the art of managing projects quite fast

This book will give you an incredible overview of project management in a very short period of time. Start reading it
Thomas Tobin
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I actually bought a copy--this is an essential read for PMs.
Bjorn Hardarson
good book to start with if you want to add to you knowledge on project management then you need to look for further reading on specific project management like Scrum
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