“Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide” Review: A Good First PM Book for Ambitious Learners

Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide
4th edition

  • Author: Greg Horine
  • Published: 2017
  • 448 pages

Content & Review

If you are a complete beginner to Project Management you should start your training from a book specifically aimed at beginners. This way you can be sure every information you need is in the book, and you don’t have to do any additional research to keep pace with the chapters.

As its title suggests, Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide can suit you if you are moving your first steps into the Project Management area of expertise. No notion in the book is taken for granted; on the contrary, the reader will find every explanation they need to understand the concepts and proceed with the book.

The book is written by an expert in the field: Gregory M. Horine is a certified PMP with almost 30 years of experience. He is an expert in multiple areas: other than project management, his areas of expertise are mind mapping tools, data analysis, business process analysis, and more.

The book’s goal is to make project management simple. One step at a time, it provides every necessary concept and technique you’ll need to master if you want to become a successful project manager and attend the PMP certification exam.

Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide consists of five parts covering every phase of the project management process. Each chapter ends with a helpful summary in a diagram form to help the reader visualize the concepts and the connections between them.

  • PART 1 is called Project Management Jumpstart and provides an overview of project management as well as the essential element that any successful project must take into consideration even before starting.
  • PART 2 covers the project planning phase. In this part, you can learn how to set up a project and put it into work: how to define and plan the project, how to develop the work structure and the project schedule and how to determine the project budget.
  • Once you’ve put your project into motion you need to know how to monitor it. PART 3 gives you the tools you need for this phase of project management and teaches you how to use them (how to manage the project risks, quality, issues, and changes…).
  • PART 4 is called Project Execution and deals with additional aspects of project management such as communication, team management and more.

The final part (PART 5) gives additional tips that can be very helpful once you’ve read the entire book and have absorbed the basic knowledge. It also includes a specific chapter that gives you tips on how to prepare your PMP (Project Management Professional) exam.



  • The book covers all the basic principles of project management.
  • The topics are covered in a logical order following the phases of project management.
  • The book has a nice flow and it’s easy and pleasant to read.


  • The book covers a lot of theoretical concepts and their interdependencies which some readers find overwhelming.
  • Being a beginner’s guide, this book alone is not enough to get prepared for your PMP exam.

Final Verdict

Ambitious beginners can use this book to kickstart their learning journey. Although it is comprehensive and detailed, it cannot be the only PMP prep book.