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Posted June 3, 2011
I was going to start gaining knowledge for my PMP Certification and looking for some practical real world examples of how Project Management fits into the IT environment. The PM Crash course for IT Professional was a great book as soon as I start reading the book as was able to start correlating the practical knowledge I had around Project Management with the formal training and the knowledge required for the Project Management Certification Exam.
If you have some basic and practical knowledge around Project Management this book will allow you to start linking the dots for your certification exam and to improve your practical knowledge around Project Management.
From the first page the book focus on real world scenarios and how to use the Project Management methodology. The book goes straight to the point. The first two chapters give you an overall view of how to use the book and the 10,000 feet view of Project Management but it lands everything very nicely in the following chapters in order for you to start applying the methodology toward real world scenarios.
The books has this little note that relate the real world example shown in the text and relates it to an specific knowledge from the Project Management Body of Knowledge. This little note work very well to understand the concepts and how you can apply them to the real world.
The author of this book Rita Mulcahy wrote a real world guide that can be use on any project you want to start, it can be on the IT industry or any other industry even in your own life I can suggest. I mention this because when I got the book and start reading it immediately I was above to start building my project according to the Project management Body of Knowledge with a real world scenario,
One more thing that I need to outline of the book is the real world example it uses to explain the different concepts of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. In addition one more thing that people never do is to read or refer to the appendix section but for this book you really need to put attention since it gives you more detail on the real world scenarios that explains how Project Management Body of Knowledge is apply to. Finally on the appendix there is one very interesting which explains the business improvement methodologies what is the purpose of them and how they interact with the project management methodology specifically in the IT environment.
On every chapter there is a note space that you can us in order to apply the concept learn toward the specific knowledge learn on that chapter.
It is a book that builds knowledge with the content you will see that the 16 chapters it contains cover the complete methodology and applies it to real world scenario's.
I cannot stop reiterating that this book is a mandatory field guide for any person that is working on the It industry delivering a any project, service or anything that relates to it, even to your daily life. Also is a very good introduction to the Project Management Body of Knowledge for the PMI certification exam.
The author build a book that has a lot of very specific useful information.
I will recommend the book as a daily personal reference because you can find out concept that will help you on your daily work when you're are delivering a project and applying project management to your daily activities. Since I got the book I start using it a guideline to develop my project management designing or deploying infrastructures with Cis
Posted November 3, 2009
The attraction of this book is in how the authors have distilled much of project management into a series of succinct points. Indeed a crash course if you are completely new to the subject. It can also be useful to those already well versed in the field, but who desire a quick refresher.
For example, the renowned 6 Sigma gets a 2 page precis in the appendix. So that's what it was all about! The association with Motorola is mentioned, as Moto was the original proponent. Presumably the many travails of Moto's products in recent years was not due to 6 Sigma.
ITIL also gets a mention.
The book makes no attempt at going into all the main methods. So kaizen (continuous improvement), which was big in the US in the 80s, as Japan's economic model seemed triumphant, just is listed, with no further explanation. Perhaps that could have been added?
More specialised models, like the Capability Maturity Model from Carnegie Mellon, fare even worst. No mention at all.
Overall, you are provided with a sharp focus. The many tables and lists in the book are useful in this regard.
Posted November 21, 2009
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