Effective Project Management


Book Review

Book Title:  Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme
Author:  Robert K. Wysocki
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
List Price:   $65.00
Format:  Soft cover, 567 pages
Publication Date:  2019      
ISBN: 978-1-119-56280-1
Reviewer: Valentina Rada, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP
Review Date: December 2020



Effective Project Management is a practical how-to guide for project managers who are interested to know more, or improve their knowledge, about project management related methodologies given their projects’ needs.

The author of the book is an experienced consultant in project management, founder of Enterprise Information Insights (EII), Inc., who has written 26 books of which, Effective Project Management, is at the 7th edition and was recommended by Project Management Institute (PMI) as reference material for any project manager. Dr. Wysocki’s book is relevant and impactful to today’s environment as it covers considerations from waterfall, agile and hybrid project management methodologies.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured into key three parts and encompasses fifteen chapters and five appendixes. The first part, Understanding the Project Management Landscape, is an introduction to project management processes and tools, and restates many of the PMBOK Sixth Edition project management standards in relationship with the five process groups, reevaluated by Dr. Wysocki as: Scoping, Planning, Launching, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. The second part, Traditional Project Management, outlines project management fundamentals and how those apply and could be adapted in more complex real project situations. Finally, the third and the last part, Complex Project Management, presents a more sophisticated approach of project management on how Agile, Extreme and Hybrid frameworks could be selected as appropriate fit to each project situation.

Gradually, the Effective Project Management guide takes the reader from basics of project management and how those apply to real projects to an intermediate section of how to scope, plan, launch, execute and close projects, reaching to an advanced level of hands-on experience in managing complex projects.


Although the Effective Project Management book presents an extensive project management background, is well documented in terms of process, technicalities, Dr. Wysocki kindly shares from his experiences as a consultant in various areas he and his team managed projects. From this perspective, the book is a great source of examples and how those link to theory.


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How to cite this book review: Rada, V. (2021). Effective Project Management, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue II, February. Available online at: https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/pmwj102-Feb2021-Rada-Effective-Project-Management-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Valentina Rada

Texas, USA


Valentina Rada’s professional experience includes twenty years of experience in market research, retail and restaurant industries as research analyst and project manager. She is a Project Management Professional and an Agile Certified Practitioner. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is currently pursuing her education as a PhD student in Organizational Leadership at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Valentina can be reached at valirada@hotmail.com or www.linkedin.com/in/valentina-rada

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