“Effective Project Management” Review: Traditional to Agile Approaches in a Single Book


Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid
8th edition

  • Author: Robert K. Wysocki
  • Published: 2019
  • 656 pages


Content & Review

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid has been a best seller and today is at its 8th edition. It is not recommended for beginners, but it’s a valuable tool for project management professionals, instructors and intermediate level students.

The book examines all the major project management methods (such as Traditional, Agile and Extreme), as well as some advanced tools like the Enterprise Project Management Model, the Kanban and Scrumban methodologies. The book is not limited to discuss and explain such tools – learning all the different project management tools and techniques isn’t enough. You need to be able to choose the most suitable method for each project and this book is a valid resource that can teach you to choose the appropriate management method for a given project.

When purchasing the book, you also get access to a companion website where a lot of useful resources are available: exercises with solutions PowerPoint lecture slides, discussion questions, case studies, and more.

The updated version of Effective Project Management (8th edition) covers the PMBOK Sixth Edition’s body of knowledge.

The book is divided into three main parts, each one of them containing several chapters and covering different methods.

PART 1 focuses on some basic concepts like what is a project, what is project management, and more. PART 2 and 3 discuss the different project management methods. In Particular, PART 2 deals with Traditional Project Management and includes several chapters that cover the different stages of the process (project planning, launching, executing and closing). PART 3 is called “Complex Project Management) and discusses some more advanced project management methods (Agile, Extreme and Hybrid Project Management Models and Frameworks).

The book also contains some Appendixes that are worth reading. In particular Appendix A can be very helpful as it gives an overview and explanation of the most common terms and acronyms. Appendices B and C discuss two different case studies. Case studies are always useful to understand how the theory can be applied to real-world projects.

Effective Project Management’s author is a well-known project management expert. Robert K. Wysocki has published numerous books about project management and is a well-known project management consultant and trainer with years of experience.

If you are looking for a textbook that provides an overview of project management and the different methodologies, Effective Project management by Robert K. Wysocki can really suit you.

Evaluation

Pros

  • The book is educational and informative, covering the fundamental concepts as well as more advanced tools and techniques.
  • It provided additional tools to the theory such as detailed case studies and real-world examples.
  • The companion website is very helpful giving you access to exercises to test your knowledge and useful additional case studies.
  • Not only it teaches you the different project management methods, but it also gives you tips and how to choose the appropriate method for a given project.

Cons

  • It isn’t suitable as a reader’s first book about project management. Although some beginners found it useful, the reading can be a little challenging for a complete novice.

Final Verdict

If you’re an experienced PM looking for an inexpensive book that covers (almost) all types of projects you should take a closer look at this one.