In completing this project, we drew upon the knowledge, comprehension, patience, and diligence of many people. The cornerstones of the project have been Dr. John Adams for his invaluable work in developing the revision plans for the second edition; Crispin Piney for his assistance in evaluating chapters in Section One for correctness; our AMACOM editor, Christina Parisi, and Lisa M. Fisher for expert copyediting assistance. Paul Lombard of the PM College also provided subject matter review for some chapters.
Thanks are also due to our own companies, Dinsmore Associates and Project Management Solutions, for making it possible for us to work on this book, and the families and friends who put up with our schedules over the course of the past year.
Most of all, we want to thank the authors who contributed so much of their time and talent to this project, as well as the contributors to the First Edition, who laid the groundwork for this updated version.
Finally, we'd be remiss if we didn't express our appreciation of the Project Management Institute for its work in developing and maintaining the project management standards that form the basis of the profession.