Here are the 15 reviews so far of my book, “The PM Answer Book.”
Newest Amazon Review: Mr. Morphy, Dec. 18, 2012 (Below)
Vicki James: PPS Holiday Reading Guide (2012)
By Vicki James, PMP/CBAP, Professional Project Services (PPM) – December 8, 2012
“This is a great accompaniment to the PMBOK and any PMP/CAPM study material. Jeff has anticipated typical questions and areas of confusion to better describe some of the technical areas of PMBOK and certification study. He has also provided some quick guides and study references that will benefit anybody getting ready to sit for the exam. See the <Amazon> reviews to see what the 5 star reviewers have to say. No one has rated this book below 5 stars.”
Audience: New Project Managers, PMPs in training
Focus: PMBOK in a simple, straight-forward question and answer format.
Recommended format: Hard copy. You will want to be able to flip back and forth and mark certain spots easily.
I highly recommend this book as it is both a superb reference for anyone interested in project management, and also a great supplement to any study guide for those planning on taking the PMP, CAPM, or CompTia’s Project+ certification exams. The question-answer format is quite helpful because it is easier for the reader to target specific areas of interest immediately and the author’s extensive knowledge of the subject and ability to take complex topics and describe them in a manner that leads to clarity and understanding is one reason I rate it 5 stars (plus). Many readers, I think, will experience certain “aha! I wanted to ask that question” moments while reading this book. As an educator, I have reviewed many books in various publications. I enjoyed each page and find myself coming back to this book for reference. Simply stated: Great book! Wise investment. This gem should be on anyone’s bookshelf that has an interest in project management. Great resource!
This book is really great! There is a lot of information in a very easy-to-understand form.
I became a PM a less than one year ago and I’ve faced many situations as described in the book. If I had read it before, I would have managed better and definitely had less headaches.
I enjoyed the great fortune of having Jeff for a PMP class. His book is an excellent reference and he takes the time to use examples from his vast corporate experiences to help frame issues and processes. The book is well organized and seeks to help transfer book information into real world application. This book is essential to my library. How good is this book? Of the 12 people in my class (and we all used this book) we had a 100% first time pass rate on the PMP test.
I would highly recommend the addition of this book to any PMP’s reference library. As a military professional with over 20 years of project management experience, I found Jeff’s book an excellent tool to fill in my knowledge gaps as I worked to earn my PMP certification.
“This book provides comprehensive coverage of a very important topic. The “question and answer” approach the author has chosen works very well for both newbies and veterans. The organization of this book generally follows the structure of PMI’s PMBoK but goes into more depth and detail in a number of areas, including several rarely covered adequately – e.g., Ethical Considerations in Chapter 9 and Leadership Best Practices in Chapter 12. Furman’s writing style is nicely succinct with no unnecessary elaboration or repetition. This book is ideally organized for learning and for reference.” ~Gary Gack, IT PM and Risk Management expert and author.
5.0 out of 5 stars, April 13, 2011
“I find reading the Project Management Answer Book as the best resource for Project Management and can be read cover to cover or opened on any page with any subject. Jeff Furman makes the PMBOK come to life. I am using his vast knowledge and obvious experience to study for the PMP exam, as a supplement and as a motivating source for the more difficult project management concepts. I am also using his comments and written experience to resolve difficult issues at work such as how to manage stakeholder expectations and resolve issues on scope. I look forward to additional work by the author Jeff Furman.” ~Ann K, Project Manager
5.0 out of 5 stars PM Answer Book is Excellent! March 26, 2011
“PM Answer Book Is Excellent! I have read Jeff Furman’s Project Management Answer Book. It is an excellent source of reference information. The question then answer format in subject categories makes it easier to find what you are looking for and the answer information is comprehensive along with being well researched and organized. I’ve already used it a few times and it’s getting full of post-it note tabs to mark specific areas. I recommend this book.” ~Jeff H., Program Manager
Editorial Review: AdaQuest: Project & Work Management Newsletter
By AdaQuest – October 2012
“We are delighted to feature Jeff Furman’s The Project Management Answer Book. The Answer Book provides a quick and easy framework of reference to a myriad of PM concepts, allowing PMs and those looking for answers and tips, to improve project performance, and gain immediate access to answers without having to sift through tons of information.”
Editorial Review: American Society for the Advancement of Project Management
By Dr. James R. Brady for ASAPM
General Assessment of the Book: “I think Mr. Furman has done a first-rate job of preparing a readable reference which should be useful to PM newcomers, as well as many old-timers. It could serve as a general textbook, but the Q&A format also makes it a handy desk reference. Given his current job focus on preparing people to become certified by PMI, it is understandable that much of the content is linked to PMI’s PMBOK® references. However, he does avoid the narrower dogmatism of some other PMP trainers/prophets I have recently encountered in classes and meetings. In the chapter on “Project Management Basics,” Mr. Furman stresses that a project manager often has to deviate from the original plans and procedures to adjust to internal and external changes. As suggested in the book’s Q&A #20, the Project Manager thus needs to hang loose or be “agile.”
… I first focused on Chapter 9: “Ethical Considerations PMs face on the Job,” since this area is often omitted from PM books. I was also reflecting on my personal experiences in evaluating projects where questionable practices of project managers and/or contractors were often glossed over or ignored. I think some of the problems I encountered might have been avoided if the organizations had applied some of Mr. Furman’s suggestions for clarifying, formalizing, publicizing, and then enforcing ethical standards and guidelines…”
Editorial Review: PM World Today
By Chester Sanders
– “This book is a wealth of information related to project management. Someone told me once that a good project manager can be a mile wide and an inch deep. This book is the same way, a mile wide and an inch deep. In working with the book over the last several weeks I was surprised how often all I needed was that “inch” of information. Normally I have to shift through tons of data to pull out the info I need to start solving a problem. This book provides the summary data in a format that is quick and easy to use.
– This book is a great reference for inexperienced as well as seasoned project managers however the inexperienced project managers will get the most use of the book. I would strongly suggest it to anyone new to project management.
– Even with many years of project management experience I have used this book multiple times over the past several weeks to quickly gain access to needed information. It is that high-level guidance that will be all an inexperienced PM normally needs to keep things going down the right path.”
Editorial Review: Bright Hub
By Ronda Roberts
“How can I memorize the processes in project management? What happens when I have an ongoing project? What qualities should I look for in team members? What do I do if there’s a conflict on my team? No matter what questions you come up with, chances are, you’ll find it – and the answer – in Jeff Furman’s The Project Management Answer Book.This handy reference (that I myself have on my shelf and have found invaluable when it comes to finding answers to technical questions) is a great reference. You’ll find yourself pulling it off your shelf again and again. It includes answers to everything from taking certification exams to the stages of project management to dealing with social networking as a project manager.”
Was included in Bright Hub’s 2011 “Top 10 Books Every PM Should Have In His Or Her Collection” by Ronda Roberts
Editorial Review: PMI’s New Practitioners’ CoP
By Kathleen Leary – April 2012
“This book provides a succinct guide to concepts, skills and best practices used in project management. It contains the basics covered in the PMBOK Guide…along with other techniques and practices that the author has gathered in industries he has worked in and gained from project management students…
The chapters are brief and the style is easy-to-read questions and answers. The book also is a concise and easy-to-use reference book. It provides the reader with the tools needed to improve project performance and accomplish high-quality, low-risk results right away.
I recommend Furman’s book to project management students and new practitioners, and to experienced project managers because it is well-written and covers key project management concepts, definitions and resources. The quick study, practice worksheets in the Appendix are great tools for the reader to use to test their knowledge of formulas, knowledge areas and processes for the PMP® and other certifications.”
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Editorial Review: Project Management Instructor Networking Group (Linkedin)
By Mary McNally
“I just finished reviewing ‘The Project Management Answer Book by Jeff Furman. It is a great book for novice project managers, as well as those preparing to sit for a PMI credential exam. I intend to recommend this book to my PMP certification exam prep students to supplement the PMBOK Guide in studying for the PMP exam. It is written in an easy to follow Q & A format and includes several lists of ‘Top Ten Pitfalls’.”
Excerpt from the book’s Forward by Andy Crowe:
By Andy Crowe, from the Foreword to ~The Project Management Answer Book~ ““This book covers an amazing breadth of topics. The advice it offers is concise and straightforward. It is brimming with wisdom from someone who faced these questions in the real world and has sifted through the various theories and practices to find what works. If you are just starting out as a project manager, Furman’s book is the perfect place to begin. It is a rich resource of concepts and practical help… If you have been practicing project management for some time, this will earn a place on your desk as an excellent field reference. How many times have you wished you had a particular template, example, or a guide to walk you through a process?”
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