Advances in Project Management

Darren Dalcher

Published by

Gower

ISBN

9781472429124

RRP

£65.00

Reviewed by

A P Sutcliffe PG Dip CCI, MBCS

Score

8 out of 10

Project management is not a new subject; and there is already a considerable body of work relating to good practices in projects of all types and sizes and in many different sectors. However, despite all of the existing knowledge available, it’s clear that there are still a considerable number of project failures due to inadequate management skills and practices.

This book sets out to offer some insights into updated project management techniques, as well as guidance on recent thinking on how to achieve more satisfactory results.

The book itself is actually composed of a series of short articles, each on a different aspect of project management and written by a leading expert in the field. These are all highly structured essays, with a distinct introduction for each theme that provides a full background for the segment, along with an explanation of the principles that they describe.

For the most part, these are all highly inclusive; although in some cases they do deal with more complex ideas, they are constructed in such a way that they provide clear explanations, along with sufficient guidance to make them very readable.

Each is fully self- contained and can be treated as a separate topic, although some might be usefully combined where they provide some overlap. They also offer some thoughts on a number of aspects that are often overlooked by the busy project manager.

As the different sections are so short, it could well be thought that the material is lightweight and with limited value. However, despite the short length, each section does in fact offer some very useful concepts that could be of particular interest to many of the people working within large-scale projects, as well as the actual project managers themselves.

Some also make use of real-world examples to help provide clarity; and there are also a large number of references to other reading material to demonstrate the validity of the arguments.

Because the chapters are so short, it does make the book easy to read and digest. However, there were times when I felt that the book was an attempt to encourage readers to seek out the more extended material that can be found in the references. Despite this, I did find it an interesting and thought-provoking read; and one that others might find of value.

Further information: Gower

October 2014