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Publisher's Summary

Project management is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing fields in the current job market. Often considered a science due to its technical analysis and methodology grounded in theory, project management skills are transferable and relevant to almost every industry. Project management career positions are diverse in nature and can be found in construction and development companies to software design and IT companies. More recently project management has established itself as a profitable and sustainable career choice for many individuals within the business world and has been shown as a great place to start on the path to C-level positions.

Project management itself, however, is far more than just a position title or career choice. Almost every job in the current market demands and stresses that individuals be able to multitask and handle multiple activities at once - both of which are at the core of project management. In order to be able to honestly and confidently claim to possess these skills you must understand the fundamentals of project management.

In this book I'll start at square one with the fundamentals. Step by step I'll take you from the basics of creating a budget, schedule, and scope to more advanced topics such as mitigating project risks and expectation management techniques. I'll teach how to manage and control any type of project of any magnitude.

This book will serve as a great introduction to individuals who are pursuing careers as project managers, current project managers looking to review key topics and prepare for the Project Management Professional exam, or those individuals simply looking to add project management skills to their repertoire.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Comprehensive with outstanding attention to detail

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is in the corporate world and affected in any respect by large project management, as well as small business owners who deal with managing large projects

What does Lucy Vest bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, I found Ms. Vest's reading dry and uninspiring. Actually, that's okay -- because this is a pretty cut and dry book. It's about a clear cut system, and part of the goal of this system is *avoiding* drama of projects gone wrong.

Any additional comments?

I at first expected this to be a book that would be great for listening to in the car -- actually, it's not. A listening to the book calls for referring to the companion pdf with illustrations. I mean, the narrator LITERALLY calls for you to refer to specific illustrations at points in the books. Once I adjusted my expectation, the book felt more like a private session with a highly experienced tutor, who was walking me through all the concepts through both work and image.This is an extremely detail oriented book, and while I do not work within the corporate world, I found great value in applying many of these concepts to projects I need to manage as a small business owner. If you are seeking greater effectiveness from you efforts, I recommend listening to -- and applying - the concepts in this audiobook.<br/><br/>I received a copy of this audiobook at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

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Not good

Clydebank does much better than this usually.

Poor audio, can't understand the narrator.

Just break down & pay the extra $ for Peter Druckers Management... it's worth it in the long run.

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Cuts off at beginning of every sentence.

Narrator sounded pleasant and competent. However, the recording was choppy, with the first chunk of each sentence getting clipped. The rest of the sentence was fine, but didn't make sense. Skipped chapters to same result.

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Pretty simple to understand.

I appreciate the simplicity of this audio book and its clear descriptive read via the authors content and narrator. I would suggest a chapter or index section to add to the audio book version to have a narrative section for related and regularly used acronyms with definitions, that would be cool, and would be my only ask.

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Good review info

What did you love best about Project Management for Beginners?

This was a very good audio book. It was informative and I re-learned alot. I have done project mgt work in the past and wanted a quick refresher - and this provided what I needed. It comes with a pdf that has the charts and visuals they refer to....which I assume are in the physical book. The only thing I didn't like was the reader. She had an English accent, which was cool at first, but after awhile I found myself focused more on trying to understand her accent than the material itself - so it was a bit distracting, but not something most people might find a distraction - could just be me. The content was well laid out and organized and should be easily follow-able by most people who have some understanding of technology. If you are totally new to project management, this should help, but you will probably need to listen to some sections more than once. Good for a job commute or long weekend drive. Well done! I received this item at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

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A good intro or additonal resource for beginners

This audiobook is a very top level introduction to project management, as is suggested by the title. If you already have a basic understanding of project management then there won't be anything new here, but it might make a good refresher companion.

I am currently taking an introduction to project management course for professional development. I found this audiobook useful as an additional resource when the textbook for the course gets too wordy. Additionally, I now have some familiarity with the topics before getting to them in the course, so new topics are not as unfamiliar since I've come across some of them already while listening to this audiobook. There is also a pdf companion with the audiobook. I found it useful on morning commutes (where I'm not driving) to have the pdf downloaded to my phone so I could pull it up whenever the narrator called to look at it.

The narrator is good. This is not a story, it's learning material, so the narrator does as best as one can considering the subject matter. The enunciation and pace are good.


I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost for my honest opinion.

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Good starter kit for beginners

Narration is good. Provides a good summary for beginners. Other reviews were helpful to set expectation before purchase.

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I wish it could have been more detailed, but good.

What did you love best about Project Management for Beginners?

The subject matter was relevant since I help run a volunteer comics group and a multidisciplinary arts business. Everything was nicely broken down in a logical fashion and easy to follow. I felt that the subject matter was well-covered, although I feel it could've gone a little deeper.

Who was your favorite character and why?

NA

What about Lucy Vest’s performance did you like?

As with the other performance I heard Lucy Vest give, she was easy to understand and her voice was pleasant to listen to. However, in Project Management for Beginners, she seemed more enthusiastic in this lecture.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was able to listen to this book in one hour without even breaking a sweat. The included PDF made it easy to stay engage, even as I was multitasking with data entry for my comics group. It was enjoyable overall.

Any additional comments?

The supplementary PDF workbook was a bit dry, and I think more of the meatier subjects could have been covered from the actual audio presentation. Ironically, some of the examples in the workbook seemed superfluous -- such as Image 4: Bicycle. Overall however, everything worked well together.<br/><br/>Disclosure: I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.

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Solid content

Project Management for Beginners is an excellent guide for professionals and small business owners interested in managing projects, which can be a huge undertaking. This guide is simple and easy to follow and, if taken seriously, can help you to actually overcome the inevitable obstacles inherent when managing a project.

Following these steps will help you to plan, organize, motivate, and control the relevant factors around your project. The accompanying visuals (the pdf files found in your library after purchase) were also excellent and complemented the audio.

Though not a difficult listen, per se, it would be best to not listen to this while doing another activity as you need to look at the visuals, and it does require some amount of critical thinking to process the information. This guide was excellent and I would highly recommend it.

**I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.**

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A Great Starting Point for Project Management

What did you love best about Project Management for Beginners?

The book was clear and concise, and breaks down essential points of identifying and planning effective projects. The overall structure was very intuitive and easy to understand.

Any additional comments?

It is important to note that this is written in textbook format, so it does require a learner's focus. And I noticed that the audiobook works best in companion to the actual book (narrator makes references to illustrations). But overall, this is a great learning resource and is ideal for those who are interested in project management, but haven't exposure to it before.<br/><br/>I received a copy of the audiobook at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Akira
  • 10-15-16

Dry, not what it says on the tin

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If it had lived up to it's name of being for beginners

What three words best describe Lucy Vest’s performance?

Good given the content

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Series of definitions and industry terms like a long list is not what this book should be.

Any additional comments?

It's just a eries of definitions and industry terms like a long list is not what this book should be. It's the most boring way to learn and unintelligible unless you want to rote learn terminology only.

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  • James
  • 05-20-16

great overall content.

covers a wide range of project topics. including further discussion of management content and technical advice.