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MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention? Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention? Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly. The HBR Guide to Project Management will help you: • Build a strong, focused team • Break major objectives into manageable tasks • Create a schedule that keeps all the moving parts under control • Monitor progress toward your goals • Manage stakeholders’ expectations • Wrap up your project and gauge its success


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MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention? Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will MEET YOUR GOALS—ON TIME AND ON BUDGET. How do you rein in the scope of your project when you’ve got a group of demanding stakeholders breathing down your neck? And map out a schedule everyone can stick to? And motivate team members who have competing demands on their time and attention? Whether you’re managing your first project or just tired of improvising, this guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to define smart goals, meet them, and capture lessons learned so future projects go even more smoothly. The HBR Guide to Project Management will help you: • Build a strong, focused team • Break major objectives into manageable tasks • Create a schedule that keeps all the moving parts under control • Monitor progress toward your goals • Manage stakeholders’ expectations • Wrap up your project and gauge its success

30 review for HBR Guide to Project Management

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bota Suleimenova

    super practical thing, every single step is explained in a very precise way

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mishari AlGhamdi

    Nice read. Needs more depth. Good as an introductory book

  3. 5 out of 5

    L

    The book is most useful to those who have some project management experience or some background industry experience. As a fresh graduate, this book is definitely not a definitive guide to project management but a short collection of best practises. This has many helpful tips and guide through the entire project management process. The short time required to read the book, about 2 hours, is well worth the effort. Its practicalness makes it an excellent reference book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blaire

    Good overview of project management basics & nice refresher for existing PMs looking to dust up on process and best practices. Good overview of project management basics & nice refresher for existing PMs looking to dust up on process and best practices.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anshul Goel

    This book is a step by step guide to project management which is divided into four sections - Planning, Build-up, Implementation and Closure. Reading this book after having delivered a lot of projects actually helped me understand the subject better. I could easily relate to the white spaces that I have left while managing these projects across all these four stages. I could actually write down the mistakes that I had committed and could envisage how project delivery would have been different ha This book is a step by step guide to project management which is divided into four sections - Planning, Build-up, Implementation and Closure. Reading this book after having delivered a lot of projects actually helped me understand the subject better. I could easily relate to the white spaces that I have left while managing these projects across all these four stages. I could actually write down the mistakes that I had committed and could envisage how project delivery would have been different had I knew this before. The book gives various frameworks at each stage of the project management and goes on to explain how it needs to be applied for a better project delivery. Some of the frameworks that I liked the most are - Time-boxing technique, Rapid results delivery, Scope creep management, Defining dependency and critical path for the project...and so on. This book is a must read if you have anything to do with Project Management in your professional life, I will give 5/5 to this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    Really great book I read for my Project Management class. It gives lots of examples of the strategies in action. I read it alongside Harvard Business Essentials Managing Projects Large and Small where it goes deeper into the strategies applied.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nate Irwin

    This was a great high-level overview of project management. A lot of good guidance on what to do and what not to do on a big development project. This will likely be a good reference book at the office.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Estef Najera

    This HBR guide will help you to avoid unnecessary scope creep, which is useful during the planning of activities Of course need to be in sync with your company objectives. I really like how they simplify the activities

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nabeel Nasir

    As a project management practitioner, I didn't get a lot of this book that I didn't already know. I was hoping to get some tips and tricks that I could introduce into my regular practice. Perhaps for those newer into the field or wanting to get into the field, this book will be more useful

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nik Azan

    Good for newbie want to start with project management.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Garcia gonzalez

    Great primer on Project Management. Very straight forward, lot's of good practices.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Graduate degree supplement

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    After activity review and Before activity review are interesting with case studies., good guide to know the projects from Planning to postmortem.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Seongkyul

    Helpful basic and review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Soksophay

    Good material with practical example.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Hausmann

    Such common sensical stuff Though the articles are all well-written, unfortunately, I found very few ideas unique. As a result, I’m not sure I really got much out of the readings.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miftah Faridh

    Good to refresh my understanding about project management and additional point of view from IT project.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed

    Useful as an introduction to the a more material heavy book

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Dixon

    Simple and easy to put into practice

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Peña Lázaro

    Clear and to the point guide on each one of the steps a project manager may encounter whilst carrying on a project.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Helpful and structured if this is the specific thing you’re looking for

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mumtaz Noori

    Simple, concise, and very intuitive book on project management

  23. 5 out of 5

    F.

    This was a great primer and one of the better things that I've read on Project Management so far. As it should be considering that it's published by the Harvard Business Review and it was more expensive than I would ever normally like to spend on a book. That said, I think that this is better for beginners than any other book that I've come across. It manages to touch on all sorts of important concepts and methods like the critical path as well as focusing on personalities of team members which This was a great primer and one of the better things that I've read on Project Management so far. As it should be considering that it's published by the Harvard Business Review and it was more expensive than I would ever normally like to spend on a book. That said, I think that this is better for beginners than any other book that I've come across. It manages to touch on all sorts of important concepts and methods like the critical path as well as focusing on personalities of team members which is something that other books don't touch on enough in my opinion. In my somewhat limited experience in the field of Project Management and somewhat larger experience in Management in general somewhere around ninety percent of management comes down more to an art than it does to a science and people skills and personalities play a huge part in that. If you come across this book I would say that it's worth reading, but try to find a second hand copy. It's probably not worth reading at cover price because there are still other good ones out there for half the cost.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Garland Vance

    Over the last 10 years of working in ministry, I have worked with or overseen many projects. Some of these have been simple while others have been more complex. Even with that experience, I found this book to be very insightful. I took lots of notes and learned some great tricks to help me better understand the stages of project management and better lead and execute projects. It was a very quick read, taking less than 2 hours to read the whole thing but well worth the time and money for the ins Over the last 10 years of working in ministry, I have worked with or overseen many projects. Some of these have been simple while others have been more complex. Even with that experience, I found this book to be very insightful. I took lots of notes and learned some great tricks to help me better understand the stages of project management and better lead and execute projects. It was a very quick read, taking less than 2 hours to read the whole thing but well worth the time and money for the insights gained. I highly recommend this for those who, like me, need to oversee project but who are not professional project managers.

  25. 5 out of 5

    T

    Picked this up at an airport as I was transitioning into a project management role. Found it to be a quintessential "airport book". It was relatively short, shallow, and didn't provide much of a blueprint to actually managing a project. It's an ok primer for the idea of project management but not very useful on it's own. I picked up a few good ideas from this book such as a "project postmortem" meeting to talk about what worked and didn't. Overall the book contains some good best practices but wa Picked this up at an airport as I was transitioning into a project management role. Found it to be a quintessential "airport book". It was relatively short, shallow, and didn't provide much of a blueprint to actually managing a project. It's an ok primer for the idea of project management but not very useful on it's own. I picked up a few good ideas from this book such as a "project postmortem" meeting to talk about what worked and didn't. Overall the book contains some good best practices but was too much of an abstract 30,000 foot view for me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mitch

    I skimmed more than read this, so take this review with a grain of salt. It's more of a healthy reminder than a book that adds anything new. If you don't have much experience with project management or team building, this book will add value. If you do have experience in project management, it's a very nice skills refresh. We can all use healthy reminders!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel St john

    If you are a beginner or intermediate in project mgt this is a good book that will provide some good things to consider. It also references and summarizes some very good HBR articles and some books that are very good to explore.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mayank Garg

    This book gives basic information not only about Project Management but this can hep you in team management, stakeholder management etc. I would recommend this book to all who are new to project management.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Good read. Appreciated that things I thought rare are really not that uncommon; good tips and ideas to achieve successful outcomes. Great read for someone new to the industry/practice.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed

    Excellent book specially for IT development project managers

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