Dr. Trish Melton and Dr. Peter Iles-Smith show you why managing and delivering a project involves much more than merely cranking out the design, and sticking to your charts and timetables. The work of the project has to be aimed at its core purpose, but keeping that at the forefront may well require revising the project in midstream. The information in this book is correct, copious and concise to the point of being terse, but unfortunately its presentation leaves some things unclear. Have you ever received a binder full of material at a seminar or class? Remember how the sheets made a great deal of sense at the time, but seemed a bit cloudier when you referred to them a year later? This book reads a lot like the material in such binders, with tons of bullet-point lists, charts and diagrams, but not enough prose to create a flow of ideas from one piece of information to the other. The accompanying online templates may mitigate this effect. Still, if you are new to project management, you may be a bit overwhelmed. getAbstract recommends this solid book to experienced project managers who will be well-equipped to handle this complex material with little difficulty and to get a great deal of utility from it.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why you should focus on project delivery;
- What issues affect project management; and
- What three major planning tools you can use to deliver a project and its benefits.
About the Authors
Dr. Trish Melton, a Chartered Chemical Engineer, is managing director of a management consultancy. She has experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Dr. Peter Iles-Smith is a project management and engineering consultant in the oil, gas, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.