“Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 Days” Review: Story-based Project Management Introduction


Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 days

  • Author: Ray W Fronhoefer
  • Published: 2018
  • 127 pages

Content & Review

Accidental Project Manager: Zero to Hero in 7 days is different from most of the other management books. It’s not the traditional textbook or at least it comes in a different form. The book deals with project management concepts and techniques in the form of a business fable and discusses notions in everyday terms while the story makes it easier to remember them.

The book tells a story: the main hero is Rhett Sero who is introduced to Heda Heldenmaacher, a noted project management consultant. Heda introduces Rhett to the project management methodology. They spend seven days together during which Rethink Sero is introduced to the world of Project Management with a quick method called “PROJECT” and then all the fundamentals and theories. Following Rhett Ser’s steps, the reader can learn the techniques that lead Sero to become a successful project manager in seven days.

Ray Frohnhoefer, the book’s author, is a project management consultant and educator with over forty years of experience. He is also the manager of his own company, the PPC Group LLC as well as a faculty mentor at several Southern California Institutions, including the California Southern University.

The book is perfect for beginners – the method PROJECT is specifically designed for them: it’s an easy-to-remember acronym that can help understand and remember the foundations of project management.

The book’s table of content looks different from the majority of textbooks. Instead of having parts and chapters that deal with different aspects of project management, this book is divided into 7 days (plus an introduction and epilogue). Seven days is the time that the hero takes to learn project management. Each day, he basically learns a different aspect of the matter: from the organization of the project to the execution and control.

The book includes a lot of references to the PMBOK guide: each chapter, in fact, contains reading selections from the PMBOK plus additional learning resources. At the end of each chapter, you’ll find the so-called Knowledge Nuggets that can help clarify the key concepts. Also, when you purchase the book, you also get access to a dozen templates that you can access and download online.


Evaluation

Pros

  • The book presents complex project management concepts in an easy-to-understand way.
  • The undergoing story helps to remember the concepts.
  • It’s a great resource for complete beginners who are just starting their journey into project management.

Cons

  • The book alone isn’t suitable to get prepared for the PMP certification exam. Nevertheless, it can be very helpful to read this book before digging into the PMBOK Guide. Introducing the reader to the project management concepts in an easy way, it can simplify the understanding of the PMBOK guide.
  • The book is great as a first book on project management, but it can be the last. To call yourself an expert project manager, you need to learn from some more detailed and advanced books.

Final Verdict

If you like this story-based way of exploring concepts and if you are relatively new to project management, this is the book to go for.