This handbook provides a set of principles and processes for those managers and professionals who want to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of project management. Like all good handbooks, this is a comprehensive reference source for practical how-to-do-it information. This handbook also can be used in project management training programs, as well as in degree programs in universities.
There is a flood of books currently being published about project management. Unfortunately all too many of these books take existing works and recast them in a slightly different light, resulting in minor contributions to the growing literature. The AMA Handbook of Project Management is a refreshing change.
This book starts with the Project Management Institute's body of knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and then goes beyond that through a description of the Project Management profession and its challenges and coverage of organizational issues likely to be encountered in the world of project management, ending with a presentation of industry applications of the project approach.
The material in the book comes from authors who are notable contributors in the project management community, ranging from academics to practitioners who grapple with the challenges of managing or teaching in the project management field.
This is a book that should have a conspicuous place on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to improve their professional practice in the use of project management knowledge and skills.
-DAVID I. CLELAND, PHD DECEMBER, 2004