PM Crash Course, Premier Edition: A Crash Course in Real-World Project Management
Every year, thousands of people are thrust into projects or project management roles at their companies. In fact, many project managers are assigned to or even placed in charge of high-profile projects, potentially worth millions of dollars to their organizations with no tools, no direction, and little structured training. This book is the first resource specifically designed to help these people! This revolutionary Course in a Book in real-world project management is perfect for people who are looking to get projects back on track, and who want easy-to-use tools that can make an immediate impact. Are you looking for project management tools and techniques that you can start using TODAY? Do you coach, mentor or manage project managers? Do you teach project management part-time or as a career? If so, Rita Mulcahy's latest book, PM Crash Course, Premier Edition, can help you!
Crash driving - caution: these are trained professionals
By Douglas Brown - February 15, 2007
Rita Mulcahey is one of the leading training providers in the project management profession, not to mention one of the most engaging lecturers. The book shares these features: engaging, interesting, full of information, and a good companion if you are planning on taking a PM test any time soon. Several of my staff members have benefited from the effectiveness of her programs.
If you are a semi-skilled project manager who has not yet taken the PMI Certifiying exam, or who doesn't want to wade through the encyclopedic and difficult PM Body of Knowledge, then this is a very good, very easy to read overview of pretty much everything that a high-speed project manager would want to know and do.
However, in my initial impression, I would assume that a "crash course" is intended for someone who does NOT have the required skills and needs to get some results in a hurry.
What this book is not, is a useful guidebook for someone who is getting started in the... read more
PM Crash Course is what it is
By Gene Schreiner "ES Project Management" - December 22, 2006
This is a fine book to learn the essentials of project management. Cover price of $39 is a little steep. It is a quick read. The exercises are valuable and made me think before I had a chance to see what Rite wrote. This book does a good job of covering the basics of project management and in a concise way. Topics were presented in a way that a new project manager could learn how to conduct a successful project. I wish every new project manager in my company would read this book and use at least one of the ideas they get in their next project.
Since I'm an experienced project manager and have read many PM books this was still an interesting book as a quick review. I recommend Neal Whitten's "No Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects" for both inexperienced and experienced project managers. It is the best project management book I know of.
She's number 1
By Douglas A. Clark "Dougstones" - March 22, 2008
I would recommend Rita's books to anyone who's seriously going for a PMP certification or who wants to continue PMP certification. 'Crash Course' is for the novice. However, it is a practical, up to date, informational study in a condensed overview of the PMPBOK methodology. Everyone has their favorites but I've found Rita's team most effective in disecting this methodology. You'll make the right choice with 'Crash Course' if you're looking for a guide to wet your appetite and give you a true introduction to the field of Project Management as it pertains not only to the PMBOK but also reality.
In today's high-pressured atmosphere to "get the scores up," teachers and students find themselves faced with more and more highly-structured, prescripted lessons that allow for little creativity and ...