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The Practice of Project Management

Academic journal article Manager

The Practice of Project Management

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The Practice of Project Management

by Enzo Frigenti, Dennis Comninos

Published by Kogan Page

Hardback, 416 pages, ISBN 0 7494 3694 8 L40-00

Like most managers, I have 'done' projects for many years: like most managers, I have retrospectively viewed each completed project as '0.K., but...'

In other words, I always felt I could have done better, but most project management texts tend to favour one particular method, and the model never quite fitted what I wanted. The first key feature of The Practice of Project Management is the objective presentation of a range of techniques and honest assessments of their strengths and weaknesses.

Enzo Frigenti and Dennis Comninos have used their experiences, but have supplemented these with (freely admitted) borrowings of other approaches. They have managed to make the topic seem seductively easy by constructing a framework which helps the reader make sense of the processes involved. However, the second and unique discerning feature is the one that makes this book different. They link the process 'building blocks' of project management with the concepts of what they call BFPM (Business Focused Project Management) and ODPM (Objective Directed Project Management). The authors clearly state (repeatedly) that the objective of Project Management is "to add value . …

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