Summary of Project Management JumpStart

The Best First Step Toward a Career in Project Management

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Project Management JumpStart book summary
Projects are not business as usual. Managing them requires special skills, from logistics to communication.


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Kim Heldman's definition of a project is so broad that even people who do not work in business or government can benefit from her experience and suggestions. Although she draws on the recommendations of the Project Management Institute (PMI), she seasons its advice with helpful observations about which recommendations to follow and which to ignore. The book's organization is logical and easy to follow, and Heldman's style is generally no-nonsense and concise. She avoids jargon, and includes enough anecdotes and examples to keep the book lively and easy to follow. Few how-to books are as well executed as this one. getAbstract recommends it to anyone facing the challenge of managing a project, especially first timers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What steps should happen during the five phases of every project;
  • Why communication is crucial; and
  • How to manage a project from initiation through implementation, all the way to closing the books.


What Is a Project?
Projects are different from business as usual, which produces the same thing over and over, and has no completion date.

Projects are temporary, produce a designated product, use designated resources, and have beginnings and endings. Not all proposed projects...
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About the Author

Kim Heldman is the director of the Project Management Office of the Colorado Department of Revenue and the author of the best-selling PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide.

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