The AMA Handbook of Project Management

By Paul C. Dinsmore; Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin | Go to book overview

PREFACE

When the lunar module Eagle landed in the Sea of Tranquility at 13 hours, 19 minutes, 39.9 seconds Eastern Standard Time on July 20, 1969, the event was hailed as one of history's major milestones. It was also one of the most fascinating and significant spin-offs of the U.S. space program and was the development of flexible yet precise organizational structures, forms, and tools that allowed people to work together to reach challenging goals. Out of that grew the modern concept of project management.

Since the Apollo days, project management, applicable both to individual endeavors and to a series of projects called programs, has been applied to many new fields of activity. With the trend toward accelerated change, the scope of project management has expanded from construction projects and aerospace to encompass organizational change, R&D projects, high-tech product development, banking and finance, nonprofit services, environmental remediation … in fact, just about every field of human endeavor.

Such change in the scope of project management led to the need for a comprehensive update to 1993's The AMA Handbook of Project Management. In its day, the first edition of this handbook was a major contribution to the field, pulling together expert practitioners to share their advice on topics such as designing adequate organizational structures, generating and maintain teamwork, and managing the project life cycle. We have retained many of the original authors, as well as including several chapters that still stand as classics in the field. However, the multitude of changes that have occurred in the project management field since the original publication of this handbook ten years ago meant that, in order to keep pace, the new chapters had to outnumber the old.

We have specifically designed he second edition of this book to complement and supplement the PMBOK® Guide, Third Edition, and to provide supporting materials for those preparing to take the certification exam, or working to maintain their certification. Students who are taking introductory courses in project management as part of a degree in another

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