Project Management for Dummies

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Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In today's time-pressured, cost-conscious global business environment, tight project deadlines and stringent expectations are the norm. Project Management for Dummies shows business professionals what works and what doesn't by examining the field's best practices. You can learn how to organize, estimate, and schedule projects more efficiently. Discover how to manage deliverables, issue changes, assess risks, maintain communications, and live up to expectations by making the most of the latest technology and software and by avoiding common problems that can trip up even the best project managers.

This adaptation includes:

  • The latest methods to manage resources and stay on track and within budget
  • Coverage for dealing with the pros and cons of virtual teams
  • Tips and information on setting realistic expectations and meeting everyone's needs
  • Methods and strategies to get tasks done with minimal staff
  • Tips and advice for motivating a project team
  • The latest concepts and fundamentals behind best-practice project management techniques
  • The mindset and skill set of today's most effective project managers - what it really takes to guarantee a successful project
  • Information on how to involve project audiences by conducting a Stakeholder Analysis
  • Trends and tough project types
  • Assessment tools to determine strengths and weaknesses for everything from choosing software to selecting a project team
  • Tactics for team motivation and the hottest risk management strategies
©2010 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd (P)2014 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd

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Just Basics

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good if you just want the basics of project management. Absolute waste of time if you are planing on taking the PMP certification test.

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Best Project Management book so far

I have listened to every Project Management book I can find. This is the best one I have found so far. Well done accurate and effectively communicated.

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Surprisingly insighful

System agnostic, surprisingly insightful review of general project management mind frame and tools. Definitely recommended for new comers to the field.

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Good recap of the theory

Nicely read and easy written! As an experienced project manager I didn't learn anything new, but a good walk through of the theory of project management with realistic examples!

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Useful!

Highly applicable audio book. Develop an introductory level understanding of Project Management in 5 hours.

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Simply great info on project management

This is an excellent book on project management. I have been working with project management for many years and I did not have high expectations for this “…for dummies” listen, but I was very positively surprised.
The UK version I listened to is very well narrated. The book is well organized and full of good explanations from anything on how to start a project till how to end it - and everything in between. Each chapter is in its right, timed place, again very well explained and exemplified. Many ideas on what to keep in mind when this or that happens.
If there is one book to read on project management, I would recommend this overview book. From this book as a primer it is easy to find and understand information on project management generally.

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The basic guide to understand PM

This is a book of which you will look into for you want to understand the BASICS of project management. This is not for someone who is looking to study for the PMP certification test. But this book has a incredible quality into it, because in order for you to learn to run you must learn walk right? I suggest who ever is looking into studying about project management start with this book before you dive into the PMBOK. Because this book will teach you the basics and to understand what the PMBOK guide will provide but in technical terms. Overall I’m very happy with my money spend on this book. I heard it 2 times and now I am moving to the PMBOK with very clear understanding of PM basics. I am a project management graduate student so I can validate that this book has excellent quality, if used for the right purposes which is to understand the BASICS of PM thus making it so much easier understanding the official guide. I hope this review helps :)

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great!

good overview and high level view on project management. It should get you started on project management journey..

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Information Overload

Not my cup of tea. I did not care for the UK version and it was too long.

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Basic, but covers a lot of subject matter.

A project management book that is not a sleeper. The British verbiage added some humor to an ordinarily very dry subject.

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  • 04-22-16

great book. helps with all kinds of management.

considering the book gives the impression it's purely beneficial to those looking to define their slot of manage as 'project management', the book is filled with lots of helpful information. as a mechanical engineer I find this content useful is a multiple of ways. recommended for anyone who is not a project management wanting to advance their scope into management techniques.

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  • Adisha
  • 10-08-18

Excellent survey of the Project Management Process

This audiobook is a very well-structured, detailed and thorough guide to the subject of project management.

Whilst not alluding to any particular methodology it is very clear from the outset that a lot of detailed work has gone into creating this book and it is packed full of helpful tips and best practice that we can all learn from irrespective of experience.
Narration was very good too. Never condescending, always clear and upbeat and this made for a very enjoyable listen, particularly whilst driving to work.

Highly recommended indeed!

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  • Sonata
  • 06-04-16

lovely. informative book. Sessions detailed, good

very useful whilst on foot.. train even on break time, good, clear..helpful. Easy to use.

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  • Kimb
  • 03-22-20

Good content, but no graphs or accompanying pdf

The content is interesting and well done. Probably better as a paper book, than an audiobook.
The chapters would benefit from being labelled in the app with their titles.
In addition, there are a lot of references to graphs, images, or spreadsheets. But these are not included with the audiobook. So it reduces the value and the understanding of the book.
The audiobook version of this is less worthwhile than the actual book.

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  • Anna Henchie-Jones
  • 01-30-20

Great

Lovely to listen to. Clear, concise ( as I would expect from the '... For Dummies' range) and useful.

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  • Tobias
  • 01-13-19

Not a proper ‘for dummies’ book.

I bought this to refresh the basics and scope content for some Junior PM’s I oversee - but this is not a book ‘for dummies’.
There is significant assumed knowledge, very little about project management principles, and it clearly fits the mould of PM Coaching for mid level Project Managers.
I would be harsher on the review if the content was not useful, and the presentation clear.