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Become a master of project management! This book will help you to learn to define projects, be it at home or at work, and will explain how to make them happen. Start to plan, budget, and execute your projects and learn which behaviours to adopt in order to be a good project manager.

©2010 Fergus O'Connell (P)2011 Audible Ltd

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Good Book, in a Great Series. Perfect Performance.

The "What You Need to Know About:" Series is what "For Dummies" "Idiot's Guide" books should have been. All the introductory guidance to get you started, but none of the embarrassment, or insult.

This one on Project Management is a near perfect primer on the otherwise terribly complicated world of Project Management (try Googling it, you'll never know where to start). It is also a well rounded introduction to best practices. The references to additional resources are excellent, and are mentioned throughout where applicable.

Anyone who wants to become a project manager professionally, should start here, even if only to get cleared up on the jargon, and vernacular first. Anyone looking to actually get things done more effectively, by managing their own projects with less confusion in their lives, may need go no further than this book.

Colin Mace's delivery is superb. I could listen to his reading all day.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Needs pdf for all external content - PLEASE

Would you consider the audio edition of What You Need to Know About: Project Management to be better than the print version?

No but it is easy to listen to except for references to external content.

What did you like best about this story?

Does a good job of covering the material without any real examples :)

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

It has some personality

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Validation that people at my work know nothing about project management.

Any additional comments?

please please please please please please please please please please please please <br/>Add a PDF document to this audible book for all of the cited references!

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Great, Short and to the Point!

Nice listening to this book it did not have fluff and the content was exactly what I was looking for at the venture of my career.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Useful by sticking to the reality of the situation

Out of all the books I've read about Project Management this one seemed to stick to what has proven to work in the world without getting tied up in the symantics of process and compliance. Keep it simple s... that's what I was looking for.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • Quincy, MA, United States
  • 11-15-11

Good Book, in a Great Series. Perfect Performance.

The "What You Need to Know About:" Series is what "For Dummies" "Idiot's Guide" books should have been. All the introductory guidance to get you started, but none of the embarrassment, or insult.

This one on Project Management is a near perfect primer on the otherwise terribly complicated world of Project Management (try Googling it, you'll never know where to start). It is also a well rounded introduction to best practices. The references to additional resources are excellent, and are mentioned throughout where applicable.

Anyone who wants to become a project manager professionally, should start here, even if only to get cleared up on the jargon, and vernacular first. Anyone looking to actually get things done more effectively, by managing their own projects with less confusion in their lives, may need go no further than this book.

Colin Mace's delivery is superb. I could listen to his reading all day.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Good way to start learning basics

for someone who has worked on projects in the past but hasnt had any formal training, its a good way to understand the principles.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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cut through the chase

It is factual and to the point with ample references to further investigates if required - the way subject matter must be presented - to the point

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Overall good

Good overall review and beginner view of project management. Not a good book to read for prep for the PMP exam. Uses real world examples to show how project management is done. Worth a read but not for study prep.

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Easy to Understand Narration, Thank you, Great

I love the narrator's presentation and witty comments. Very Informative AND Entertaining. Easy to Digest. I will listen again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Overall review or introduction to project manament

A very short book outlining various subtopics in project management. Items such as planning, scheduling, negotiating, resources, contingencies, progress monitoring, and more are given brief explanations with advice. Although this isn't a comphrehensive solution to learning about project management, the definitions provided are a great start or review for anyone involved in any sort of formal projects. One of the things I liked was that the descriptions are viable for any type of project management, rather than only one standard or style. This was great, because the project standards I am used to are for software engineering, but this did give me a conception of how projects are managed elsewhere

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Caroline
  • 02-28-11

Informative and interesting

This book is an absolute godsend if, like me, you've found yourself landed with a project management role and nobody can tell you what exactly that entails.

From start to finish, this book details the precise steps to take to ensure your project success. Using simple examples of successes and failures and the many things that can go wrong, as well as providing plenty of recommended reading and useful websites for anyone looking to do further research, the author provides the skills and processes which help keep projects on track - and keep the project-manager from having a breakdown.

The narrative is clear and concise and the audio-narrator is articulate and clearly comfortable with the subject matter.

This is a book I would recommend to friends and colleagues without hesitation and I will revisit it on many occasions.

A must buy!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • G
  • 09-16-11

Systematic and organised

Very useful tool.
This is the first book I've bought on Project Management, and it is in my opinion that it should be everyones.
It lays the foundations for you to arrange any other more 'industry specific' project management books atop. Its not claiming to give the ins and outs of all industries, but it does give you a more than 'common sense' approach which is transferrable.
Without the structure and directions in this book you may well end up chasing your tail as a project manager!
I am busy drumming this into myself at present, as I want it to be the basis of how I orgsanise my thinking prior to undertaking any major tasks.
Hats off to Fergus O'Connell

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenda
  • 04-07-11

Excellent book

I purchased this audio book on the recommendation of the one review. I am glad I did. I have found it really helpful. The ideas, good practice and anectdotes make this an easy book to listen to - and I'm so impressed, I'm about to buy the printed version too!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 12-01-11

It is what you need to know

I am not a project manager but have managed many projects and have scars and trophies to show. I have read several project management books and attended one day training courses. This book is thoughtfully and clearly presented and I would have thought a must for all but experienced project managers.

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  • Tayto
  • 12-01-16

This is now part of my PM Toolkit.

No nonsense writing that's well structured and very engaging. I'm about to start reading it all over again.

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  • florin
  • 11-26-16

recommended

i liked it.
it is nicely narrated, have very good and practical advices.
i definitely recommend it

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  • Mireille Lovejoy
  • 11-15-16

Great reminder and some refreshing honesty

Highly recommended as a text for project managers who want to remind themselves of the essentials. Particularly enjoyed the reference to magicians and the power of saying no.

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  • Life Primer
  • 10-25-16

Enjoyable time !

Rapid overview of project management, doesn't go into the technical tools to use but rather give useful tips. nicely narrated with some good analogies and humour. would definitely recommend it for commuting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-18-14

great tips for beginners and navigated PMs

Where does What You Need to Know About: Project Management rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good audiobook, read at a good pace. I've used its advice in my first job as a project manager. I would recommend it

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  • Youngstuts
  • 10-11-13

An excellent primer on Project Management

If you are looking for a primer or refresher on project management this is a quick and easy way to learn or refresh your memory. It is only a few hours ling and covers pretty well all of the basics. Recommended.

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  • Seth
  • 04-12-17

great!

easy, great overview for work and a good bit of life. useful tips and keeps track of the important stuff.
just say I'll take a look at it