In completing this project, we drew upon the knowledge, comprehension, patience, and diligence of many people. In particular, we would like to thank our AMACOM editor, Robert Nirkind, for his encouragement and patience.
Thanks also to Paul Lombard and Ruth Elswick, senior instructors of the PM College, kindly provided expert subject matter review for some chapters in Section One.
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 and Second Editions, who laid the groundwork for this updated version.
Finally, we would be remiss if we did not express our appreciation of the Project Management Institute for its work in developing and maintaining the project management standards that form the basis of our profession.