Reviews for Fundamentals of Project Management

Book News Reviews
This practical resource for managers explains how to keep projects and initiatives on track and get them completed on time and under budget. Consultant and trainer Lewis (The Lewis Institute) covers each step of the process, from developing goals and objectives through producing a workable schedule, managing the project team, and conducting periodic reviews. The third edition features new information on risk management and a discussion of the hazards of estimating time, costs, and resources. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Choice Reviews 2002 July
Lewis, a consultant and business writer, covers the fundamentals of organizing and managing projects in this small, easy-to-read book. Although relatively brief, it provides an accessible overview of the project management discipline to those who may be unfamiliar with formalized project management. The book's single most important asset is its avoidance of complicated descriptions of theories, equations, and calculations. Rather, in ten chapters, Lewis describes project-planning basics and highlights the management activities of various phases of a project. The work reads very much like an executive summary of this discipline. The first three chapters deal with the initial and conceptual planning of a project. Chapters four through six outline elements of a methodical process for developing a project schedule, complete with useful checklists. Chapters seven through nine describe key steps in developing effective project-monitoring procedures and in managing people issues of the project team. Chapter ten enumerates the best practices for successful projects. Anyone interested in the essentials of project management will profit from this book. Recommended for general readers; two-year technical program and lower-division students; and practitioners. Copyright 2002 American Library Association