Published November 1, 2009

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About the Authors

An Introduction to Project Management

Kathy Schwalbe is a professor teaching project management at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and holds an MBA from Northeastern University. She specializes in problem solving for business, systems analysis and design, information systems projects, and electronic commerce. Prior to entering academia she spent ten years in industry. Her book offers a general yet concise introduction to project management and "provides up-to-date information on how good project, program, and portfolio management can help you achieve organizational success. It includes over 50 samples of tools and techniques applied to one large project, and is suitable for all majors, including business, engineering, liberal arts, healthcare, and more. The text uses a chronological approach to project management, with detailed explanations and examples for initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing projects."[1]


It is our practice to submit drafts of our book reviews to the authors to allow them to examine our observations ahead of time. This enables them to point out any errors of fact that we can correct accordingly before publication. In this case, we found that Kathy Schwalbe is publishing a Third Edition of her book to reflect the changes in The PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition (2008). For Kathy's comments about the new version of her new book and its availability, see Postscript for more information. The corresponding page references to her new book are shown thus: [nn].

Successful Project Management

Jack Gido is a former director of the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State University. He has twenty years of industrial management experience including productivity improvement and manufacturing technology programs for General Electric and Mechanical Technology. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburg.[2] James Clements, co-author, is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Robert W. Deutsch Distinguished Professor of Information Technology at Towson University. He has a Ph.D. in operations analysis from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.[3] Their book "covers everything you need to know about working successfully in a project environment, including how to organize and manage effective project teams. Communication is also emphasized, with a focus on how to document and communicate project developments. In-depth coverage of planning, scheduling, and cost management is also provided."[4]

Introduction  Introduction

1. Schwalbe, K., An Introduction to Project Management, Second Edition, Course Technology - Cengage Learning, MA, back cover
2. Gido, J., Successful Project Management, 4th Edition, South-Western - Cengage Learning, OH, p xvii
3. Ibid.
4. Ibid, back cover.
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