Engineering Project Management

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A hands-on guide for creating a winning engineering project

Engineering Project Management is a practical, step-by-step guide to project management for engineers. The author – a successful, long-time practicing engineering project manager – describes the techniques and strategies for creating a successful engineering project. The book introduces engineering projects and their management, and then proceeds stage-by-stage through the engineering life-cycle project, from requirements, implementation, to phase-out. The book offers information for understanding the needs of the end user of a product and other stakeholders associated with a project, and is full of techniques based on real, hands-on management of engineering projects.

The book starts by explaining how we perform the actual engineering on projects; the techniques for project management contained in the rest of the book use those engineering methods to create superior management techniques. Every topic – from developing a work-breakdown structure and an effective project plan, to creating credible predictions for schedules and costs, through monitoring the progress of your engineering project – is infused with actual engineering techniques, thereby vastly increasing the effectivity and credibility of those management techniques.

The book also teaches you how to draw the right conclusions from numeric data and calculations, avoiding the mistakes that often cause managers to make incorrect decisions. The book also provides valuable insight about what the author calls the social aspects of engineering project management: aligning and motivating people, interacting successfully with your stakeholders, and many other important people-oriented topics. The book ends with a section on ethics in engineering.

This important book:

Offers a hands-on guide for developing and implementing a project management plan
Includes background information, strategies, and techniques on project management designed for engineers
Takes an easy-to-understand, step-by-step approach to project management
Contains ideas for launching a project, managing large amount of software, and tips for ending a project
Structured to support both undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering project management, Engineering Project Management is an essential guide for managing a successful project from the idea phase to the completion of the project.

1 review for Engineering Project Management

  1. Lindsey
    April 15, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice, practical, and actually fun to read
    Despite this being required reading for a graduate class, I looked forward to the reading time each week thanks to this book. It complements the PMBoK...More
    Despite this being required reading for a graduate class, I looked forward to the reading time each week thanks to this book. It complements the PMBoK guide nicely. The PMBoK guide has the technical knowledge (albeit in a pretty dry format) and Siegel has such a wealth of real world experience. It felt like a wise mentor sharing hours of wisdom over coffee. Some of it went beyond typical project management teachings, explaining the nuance you might actually encounter in the industry (Avoid project creep, but sometimes it's strategically necessary to keep good reputations and customers happy, and here's how you figure out the difference...) I particularly appreciated the outside of the box thinking, for example, presenting workers with various thinking challenges, as well as how to gain a competitive edge by figuring out what the customer actually values vs. what they say they want. These little tidbits aren't in most books and really can give you an edge in the industry over competitors. More general project management concepts were presented in a clear, approachable way. This is a book I hope to come back to and revisit every few years.
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