Thomas is fond of using acronyms throughout his book, some of which we were unable
to trace. A glossary providing a list of these and their meaning would have been helpful.
Also, there is no Glossary of project management terms to clarify the particular meanings
that he uses. It would have been useful to have a Glossary of those special terms
that he introduces. However, as noted in the Introduction, a full Glossary of PM terms
is available from the J. Ross Publishing web site.
This book provides a good basic coverage of the management of construction-type
projects, especially where profit is a key motivating factor such as project management
service providers and contractors. Thomas Cappels clearly has a lot of interesting
experience and observations to recount and probably comes across well in contractor
training sessions. However, we think that the content of his book could be better
organized – and much better focused to make the case for Financially Focused Project
R. Max Wideman