“Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage” Review: Business-oriented PM Book for Intermediates and PMP Learners

Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage
5th edition

  • Author: Jeffrey K. Pinto
  • Published: 2019
  • 592 pages

Content & Review

Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage discusses the theories and concepts of project management with a business-oriented approach and within the context of various successful organizations, both private and public.

The author, Jeffrey K. Pinto has consulting experience with a number of major organizations and has received the Distinguished Contributions Award from the Project Management Institute and the Behrend Council of Fellows Research Award.

The book provides 14 chapters that cover different aspects of project management, from an introduction to the matter to the deep analysis of the main stages of the process:

  • Project Foundation: chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4;
  • Project Planning: from Chapter 5 to Chapter 9;
  • Project Implementation: from Chapter 10 to Chapter 12;
  • Project Termination: Chapters 13 and 14.

To illustrate the challenges of project management, the book provides theories, concepts and techniques accompanied by examples, case studies, and several lessons on how to use IT tools like the MS Project.

Each chapter begins with a bullet list of the chapter objective as well as the PMBOK concepts covered in the chapter. This can be extremely helpful for the reader to keep track of the standard knowledge that she is acquiring.

Additionally, the text uses other types of tools to enhance the understanding of mere notions:

  • Project Profile: each chapter contains one or more project profiles that highlight current examples of project management in action. Not only successful projects are shown; the book also discusses the variety of reasons why a project can fail.
  • Cases: Each chapter ends with some final cases that deal with the material covered in the chapter and apply those concepts in the form of a case study. Most of the case studies are based on real situations.
  • Integrated Project Exercises: some of the chapters include a project exercise: an opportunity to develop a project plan. Students are assigned a project planning activity (individually or in teams) and they are provided with a template that helps them complete the task.
  • Integration with the PMBOK: each chapter identifies and lists the corresponding knowledge areas from the latest edition of the PMBOK.
  • Sample PMP Certification Exam Questions: the PMP certification represents the highest standard of professional qualification for a project manager. The book offers a set of PMP certification exam questions at the end of most chapters.



  • The book is a valid tool to prepare the PMP certification exam
  • It includes reference to the PMBOK so that it makes easy to keep track of the standard’s processes, tools and techniques that the reader is acquiring while reading.
  • Theories are accompanied by numerous examples and case studies that help the reader understand and remember the concepts of project management.


  • This isn’t suitable for a beginner. On the other hand, it’s a very valuable textbook for intermediate learners and those who are preparing their PMP certification exam.

Final Verdict

A great book for intermediate practitioners who wish to deepen their expertise or prepare for their PMP certification exam.