Project Procurement



Book Title:  Project Procurement: A Real-World Guide for Procurement Skills
Author:  Ajay Bhargove
Publisher:  Project Management Institute
List Price:   $24.95
Format:  Soft cover, 120 pages
Publication Date:  2018      
ISBN: 1628254688
Reviewer:  William H. Doernbach, PMP
Review Date:  December 2022



Project Procurement is a short compact book, less than 120 pages, that details the procurement process from beginning to end.  It is also an excellent consisted sized reference book. I wanted to read this book because my job involves increased procurement responsibilities.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is 120 pages and made up of the following contents, which will give you a good idea of the material covered:


1 Introduction

  • Definitions
  • Project Stages
  • Procurement Life Cycle
  • Sector-Based Procurement
  • Budgets and Reserves

2 Supplier Management

  • Definitions
  • Supplier Management Life Cycle
  • Cost of Quality

2 Bidding and Methods

  • Definitions
  • Methods for Inviting Information and/or Offers
  • Types of Bid Evaluations
  • Important Facts for Inviting Information and/or Offers

3 Bid Evaluation

  • Types of Bid Evaluations
  • Technical Comparative
  • Commercial Comparative
  • Decision Making


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How to cite this book review: Doernbach, W. H. (2022). Project Procurement: A Real-World Guide for Procurement Skills, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue XII, December. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/pmwj124-Dec2022-Doernbach-Project-Procurement-Book-Review.pdf

About the Reviewer

William H. Doernbach

Maryland, USA


I have been supporting projects and project management most of my adult life. After graduating high school, I joined the Marine Corps who trained me not only to be a Marine but trained me as an IBM System 360 computer operator, thus began my career in IT that has lasted for almost 50 years.  During my time in the Marines, I taught myself COBOL and became a COBOL programmer and developer, team lead and project manager as a COBOL SME. One of my last major COBOL projects was as the project manager for the successful Y2K project for a large Federal agency with millions of accounts. During the 2008 downturn I successfully managed building out a new data center for another large Federal agency, then because of my success I was asked to manage their Network Operation Center.  Now I find myself as a senior program manager in the cyber security area of that same Federal agency, managing contracts, contractors, subcontractors, and procurements. I also give back to the project management community by teaching PMP and CAPM certification courses for the local community college.

I am married to a wonderful woman who is a mother, grandmother, and now a great grandmother. Though I have no children of my own I realize how important family is and enjoy the company of my wife’s family and grandchildren. We live in Maryland, outside Washington DC. When we married, we became a blended family, my wife with her two rescue dogs and me with my two rescue cats, we have since subtracted and added from them passing and rescuing others to still having two dogs and three cats, all rescues. I enjoy an active lifestyle having ran 38 marathons, as well as hiking, and martial arts.  Before the pandemic I did standup comedy, I love to make people laugh, and hope to pursue standup again.

Email address, if desired whdoernbach@gmail.com

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