Effective Project Management in easy steps, 2nd edition


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Shows how to make sure your project is successful. Covers risk-management together with insights on how to plan, lead, organize and control a project

192 pages
By: John Carroll
Publication Date: February 10th, 2012
ISBN: 9781840784466

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Effective Project Management in easy steps will show you how to make sure your project is successful. It focuses on the key skills a manager needs to develop for a smooth running project, and a timely arrival at the finishing line.

It includes examples for most key documents such as the terms of reference, business case and project plan. It addresses team building and good communications. It covers the typical project stages with helpful lists of applicable tasks and deliverables, which effectively provides a blueprint for planning an entire project.

This up-to-date primer covers all key trends in project management including a chapter on Agile Project Management.

If you’re a first time project manager, let this book take you through the essential project stages in easy steps, and take note of the applicable tasks and deliverables.

If you’re an experienced project manager, this book provides a valuable source of inspiration for making projects run smoothly and satisfactorily. Covering risk-management together with insights on how to plan, lead, organize and control a project – simply a fountain of knowledge!


About the author

John Carroll is a project management consultant with many years’ experience of managing large and small projects, programs and portfolios. Now based in South West England, he has run projects across Europe and the United States. His experience covers most types of organisations including government, higher education, manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, software development and the emergency services. He has worked on most types of projects and trained project managers in many different organisations.

John is also the author of Effective Time Management in easy steps, Agile Project Management in easy steps and all editions of Microsoft Project in easy steps


  1. The basics
  2. Getting Started
  3. The Business Case
  4. Planning
  5. Scheduling
  6. Risk Management
  7. Organizing
  8. Leading
  9. Control
  10. Project Stages
  11. Project Closure

Reviews from Amazon readers:

5 stars Brilliant!
Bought this book to get some tips for effective project management (without the unnecessary “chit-chat”) and I must say It’s great. Anyone who wants to learn quickly what are the do’s and don’t of PM – this is a book for you! Easy read, great value for money and delivers exactly what it says on the cover! Very happy with my purchase.

5 stars Incredibly Informative and Easy to Read!
It’s definitely meant for “newbies”, but I feel like that is made clear in the title where it states: “in easy steps”. I don’t feel like a seasoned professional would need something like this explained to them in easy steps! As a newbie (within the last three years), I found this book incredibly informative, easy to read, and very aesthetically pleasing. I learned so much from one book and I find myself referencing it often! I’ll be looking for others in the series. Thanks!

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