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Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme, 4th Edition

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme, 4th Edition

Robert K. Wysocki

ISBN: 978-1-118-00497-5

Sep 2010

672 pages

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Unlock your potential and achieve breakthrough performance in project management

If you're looking for a more robust approach to project management--one that recognizes the project environment and adapts accordingly--then this is the perfect resource. It not only guides you through the traditional methods, but also covers the adaptive and extreme approaches as well. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of each one and know exactly when and how to use them.

You'll also be introduced to the Adaptive Project Framework, which arms you with a new project management methodology. And with the help of two new case studies, you'll be able to put these ideas into practice and experience some of the contemporary nuances of projects.

This definitive guide to project management shows you how to:

  • Take advantage of new variations on traditional project management methods, including risk assessment and control
  • Decide the best method for managing specific types of projects by analyzing all of the pros and cons
  • Apply the Adaptive Project Framework to the world of fast-paced, high-change, and complex projects
  • Create a war room to successfully manage multiple team projects
  • Determine how project portfolio management approaches can help companies achieve a greater return on investment
  • Utilize all nine Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) standards advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI®)

(PMBOK and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

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Preface to the Fourth Edition.



Part I: Traditional Project Management.

Chapter 1: What Is a Project?

Chapter 2: Traditional, Adaptive, Extreme: A Dynamic Project Management Landscape.

Chapter 3: Defining the Project.

Chapter 4: Building the Work Breakdown Structure.

Chapter 5: Estimating Duration, Resource Requirements, and Cost.

Chapter 6: Constructing and Analyzing the Project Network Diagram.

Chapter 7: Finalizing the Schedule and Cost Based on Resource Availability.

Chapter 8: The Need to Plan: Conducting the Joint Project Planning Session.

Chapter 9: Building and Managing an Effective Project Team.

Chapter 10: Monitoring and Reporting Project Progress.

Chapter 11: Closing Out the Project.

Chapter 12: Critical Chain Project Management.

Part II: Adaptive Project Framework.

Chapter 13: Introduction to the Adaptive Project Framework.

Chapter 14: Version Scope.

Chapter 15: Cycle Plan.

Chapter 16: Cycle Build.

Chapter 17: Client Checkpoint.

Chapter 18: Post-Version Review.

Chapter 19: Extreme Project Management and Other Variations to APF.

Part III: Organizational Considerations.

Chapter 20: Project Portfolio Management.

Chapter 21: Project Support Office.

Epilogue: Putting It All Together Finally.

Appendix A: What’s on the Web Site?

Appendix B: Bibliography.


  • Instructor's Supplements now available on
    The companion website also provides accompanying exercises, plus PowerPoint slides for all figures/tables.
  • The author provides two new, in-depth case studies (replacing those in the previous edition), that have been extensively developed and tested in his training courses. 
  • Over 200 additional and updated pages of material.
Corrected Figure I-1 (page xxxvii)
Page xxxvii from the Introduction, contains the corrected Figure I-1.
Corrected Figure I-2 (page xxxix)
Page xxxix from the Introduction, contains the corrected Figure I-2.
Case Study Materials
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Download a zip file containing the Tables.
Download a zip file containing the figures from the book.
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