The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management (The Portable MBA Series) / Edition 2

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An updated and revised edition of a bestselling guide to project management
The first edition of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management sold over 100,000 copies and has been widely adopted in university courses and corporate training programs around the world. The book teaches the basic methods for defining, planning, and tracking a project, as well as techniques for leading and building strong project teams.

This new edition includes:

  • Downloadable, customizable project management forms
  • Study aids for passing the popular Project Management Professional certification exam
  • Guidelines for building high-performance project teams
  • New examples of project management at work in the 21st century
Eric Verzuh (Seattle, WA) is certified by the Project Management Institute and is President of The Versatile Company, which delivers project management training and consulting services to such companies as Adobe Systems, Inc., GE, Lockheed Martin, Nordstrom, and the United States Postal Service. He is also the author of The Portable MBA in Project Management (0-471-26899-2), from Wiley.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471692843
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/14/2005
  • Series: The Portable MBA Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIC VERZUH is President of The Versatile Company, which provides project management training and consulting to such major corporations as Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Adobe Systems, Inc., and the U.S. Postal Service.
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Project Management in a Changing World.

Chapter 2. The Project Environment.


Chapter 3. Project Stakeholders.

Chapter 4. Making the Rules.


Chapter 5. Risk Management.

Chapter 6. Work Breakdown Structure.

Chapter 7. Realistic Scheduling.

Chapter 8. The Dynamics of Accurate Estimating.

Chapter 9. Balancing the Project.


Chapter 10. Building a High-Performance Project Team.

Chapter 11. Communication.

Chapter 12. Measuring Progress.


Chapter 13. Enterprise Project Management.

Chapter 14. Application is the Art: Solving Common Project Problems.

Appendix: The Detailed Planning Model.



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This book is intended to present a realistic look at the challenges of the project environment and the skills you will need to successfully bring a project to fulfillment. On the way, you will learn the tools necessary to achieve each of the five essential success factors. Part 1 lays the groundwork. In addition to simple terminology, it contains global concepts that tie project management to other disciplines, such as quality and product development. Part 1 also includes examples of the organizational changes companies are making to take advantage of project-oriented work.

Parts 2, 3, and 4 present the tools and techniquesthe real science-of project management. Since this is a how-to book, the techniques in these chapters are described in detail. These techniques start with simple examples, then progress to tips for managing larger projects. In these sections, you will learn the major responsibilities of a project manager, what the definition of a project is, and the best ways to plan and control projects. Part 2 deals specifically with setting the goals and constraints of the project. Part 3, "Planning the Project," offers the most effective techniques for managing budgets, monitoring a project's scope, and keeping on schedule. Many of these techniques are features of popular project management software. After reading this section, you will know how to make better use of this software.

Part 4 offers methods for controlling a project and keeping it on track. This section focuses on the many tools used to keep a project on track and bring it to successful completion, regardless of whether everything goes as planned. Together, these three sections provide the tool set every projectmanager needs.

Finally, Part 5 describes how the tools presented in this book can be used by organizations and by project managers. We look at the ways in which project management techniques are being adopted by a growing number of organizations. And, finally, we look at the kind of problem situations that project managers are likely to face-and how to deal with them, using the tools presented in this book.

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  • Posted March 29, 2009

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    Excellent Desk Reference

    This book serves multiple purposes. First, it is an excellent desk reference for both new and experienced project managers. Second, it is an excellent introductory manual for those new to project management. Third, it is an excellent (project) team building tool allowing PMOs to provide a common knowledge base to their organization while avoiding the creation of learning documents, or at least reducing the need to do so. The book is concise in both length and form. It covers all the major project management concepts, provides real-world experiences, and provides step-by-step methods to the tools & techniques of the profession supported by ease to understand diagram, charts, and other visual aids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2007

    Great Coverage of Project Management

    This book is an excellent point of reference for anyone that needs to tackle a unique project or simply needs to brush up on some project management practices.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    What a great resource!!

    When I started a new job last week, a friend gave me 'The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management.' I am finding it a wonderful resource and training guide. It is easy to read and understand. Plus--as a silly side note--I really like the size. It's easy to carry with me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    Project Management at it's best

    This one book re-enforced what I have learned in several formal classes. It is very easy to understand and all the information is pertinent. Solid substitive text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    The best PM book I've seen; a tremendous value. I'm getting more of this series.

    The quality and amount of content in this book is phenomenal, and the format is very well thought out. Many PM books I've seen are a lot of theory, but I really think this one could be the 'bible' for many people learning formal PM for their jobs or personal enrichment. I've bought a lot of business books that are on the shelf somewhere, long forgotten, but this is one I feel the need to act on right away, to integrate it into my own projects. If this volume of 'Fast Forward MBA' is representative, I want the whole set (and I already have an MBA!)I've been to a two-day project management class that didn't cover 1/10 of what's here, and it cost hundreds of dollars. The author and publisher did a fantastic job.

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