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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management: The Comprehensive, Easy-to-Read Handbook for Beginners and Pros

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The all-inclusive guide to exceptional project management that is trusted by hundreds of thousands of readers―now updated and revised

The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management: The Comprehensive, Easy to Read Handbook for Beginners and Pros, 6th Edition is a comprehensive guide to real-world project management methods, tools, and techniques. Practical, easy-to-use, and deeply thorough, this book gives you the answers you need now. You’ll find cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom of one of the field’s leading experts, delivered in short, lively segments that address common management issues. Brief descriptions of important concepts, tips on real-world applications, and compact case studies illustrate the most sought-after skills and pitfalls you should watch out for. This sixth edition now includes:

  • A brand-new chapter on project quality
  • A new chapter on managing media, entertainment, and creative projects
  • A new chapter on the project manager’s #1 priority: leadership
  • A new chapter with the most current practices in Change Management
  • Current PMP certification study tips

Readers of The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management also receive access to new video resources available at the author’s website.

The book teaches readers how to manage and deliver projects on-time and on-budget by applying the practical strategies and concrete solutions found within. Whether the challenge is finding the right project sponsor, clarifying project objectives, or setting realistic schedules and budget projections, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management shows you what you need to know, the best way to do it, and what to watch out for along the way.

31 reviews for The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management: The Comprehensive, Easy-to-Read Handbook for Beginners and Pros

  1. Lovely-JoLyn
    June 26, 2023
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read - Great Project Management Book
    The author has a great way to weaving actual project examples in with project management theories. This approach makes the book very easy to read and...More
    The author has a great way to weaving actual project examples in with project management theories. This approach makes the book very easy to read and understand. I recommend it for any level of reader, one that just wants to find out about project management - to the seasoned project manager.

    And as a bonus, you can download a lot of additional forms and content.
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    Khadija Sankoh
    March 4, 2023
    I did use it For my weekly quiz and assignments and it was worth it
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    Michele
    December 24, 2022
    Ottimo per tema Project management
    Ottima lettura per approfondire la tematica del Project management.
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    Amazon Customer
    December 20, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I use the Fast Forward MBA for my courses. The text book is detailed, practical, and offers tangible and relatable real-life examples. My students app...More
    I use the Fast Forward MBA for my courses. The text book is detailed, practical, and offers tangible and relatable real-life examples. My students appreciate the practical examples, exercises, and the flow as it relates to the project management stages. Whether you're a seasoned pro, or just starting your journey in project management, this is the book for you.
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    ismaila faal
    December 20, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for All - Aspiring and Existing Project Management Practitioners
    This is an excellent book to have. I have read the book for the first time and found it to be an excellent resource for someone like me working on a c...More
    This is an excellent book to have. I have read the book for the first time and found it to be an excellent resource for someone like me working on a career change to the world of project management. It provides extremely useful insights, very relevant real world examples and an array to time tested tools that will enrich a practitioner's toolbox.

    Wish i had discover the book much earlier!
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    Victor P.
    December 11, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough and comprehensive!
    I enjoyed it as a comprehensive introduction into enterprise project management!
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    Cam
    October 15, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative!
    Super informative, interesting and easy to read! You’ll want this book for your electrical schooling!
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    Philipp Wollner
    April 5, 2022
    Delivers on expectations, wonderful no-nonsense tone. One of the best comprehensive ones out their.
    I'm in HR/IT, transitioning to take on a fairly large cloud implementation project as a project manager. For that, I thought it worthwhile to review a...More
    I'm in HR/IT, transitioning to take on a fairly large cloud implementation project as a project manager. For that, I thought it worthwhile to review and brush up on the latest and greatest in PM. Did some research on the many books out there and decided on this one. Already in a couple of chapters; it's fantastic and apart from the superb content and structure, it oozes servant leadership between the lines on every page. It covers much ground and depending on what angle you're reading it from, it serves as a primer, a refresher, a reference. A wonderful example of a really useful book to ramp up on overall business acumen, as well. If you're only remotely close to PM - who isn't these days? - highly recommended.
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    Deborah A.
    January 25, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
    I was first introduced to the 3rd version of this book about 15 years ago and I have been buying and reading each version ever since. The book is easy...More
    I was first introduced to the 3rd version of this book about 15 years ago and I have been buying and reading each version ever since. The book is easy to read and is a great desktop reference. I find it most useful when explaining concepts to newer project managers or reviewing some other project management skills with the more experience. Being local to the PNW, I also like the regional case study examples.
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    Yolanda O
    January 3, 2022
    5.0 out of 5 stars PM Professional Approved!
    I bought this latest version to stay up on current PM information. I highly recommend!
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    Anthony Garcia
    December 4, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for students and everyone else
    I am currently in a operations management class for my international bachelors degree and we were assigned this textbook to read. I have read many tex...More
    I am currently in a operations management class for my international bachelors degree and we were assigned this textbook to read. I have read many textbooks over my college career and I have to say this one is my favorite out of all of them. It is clear Mr. Verzuh knows what he’s talking about and gives real life examples from his own experience. I had to pleasure to meet Mr. Verzuh in an online Q&A session that my professor organized to our class time and he is such an insightful person and I recommend is textbook wholeheartedly. You will not be disappointed with his work.
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    B.M.
    September 4, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great overall review of solid project management principles and strategies!
    I really enjoyed this book! It was entertaining and informative. I loved the case studies that taught principles and showed real world examples of how...More
    I really enjoyed this book! It was entertaining and informative. I loved the case studies that taught principles and showed real world examples of how to manage and overcome challenges that we will surely encounter in our project delivery processes.
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    Sandra Horton
    August 3, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Build or refine your project management skills with "The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management."
    The sixth edition of “The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management” by Eric Verzuh is an excellent read for anyone involved in project management, from ...More
    The sixth edition of “The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management” by Eric Verzuh is an excellent read for anyone involved in project management, from the novice to the experienced project manager. The information is presented in an easy-to-read and relatable manner with many great examples from various industries. I can see why universities and corporate trainers use it to teach project management skills. The book covers a lot of ground, so it would be great to keep it handy as a reference when preparing for and completing projects.I am not studying for the PMP exam; however, I liked that “The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management” includes PMP exam preparation questions at the end of the chapters to see if I grasped the information presented. Although I never held the title of project manager, I have led many IT projects for a small organization. The downloadable forms provided would have been helpful when completing those projects. The insight provided will help me fine-tune my project management skills. I give the book 5 out of 5 stars.
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    Doug B
    June 8, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great comprehensive project management guide
    This is an excellent, comprehensive project management handbook that covers everything A to Z related to project management. I’ve been leading projec...More
    This is an excellent, comprehensive project management handbook that covers everything A to Z related to project management. I’ve been leading projects, consulting with major organizations and teaching project management for over 35 years and this is the best book on the subject. It is easy to read with excellent examples and real life situations that will guide you through planning and successfully completing your projects. Highly recommend.
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    tracy
    June 8, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Tons of great info on pm along with great forms and examples. Only thing I was not a huge fan of were the charts..little convoluted for my taste. Over...More
    Tons of great info on pm along with great forms and examples. Only thing I was not a huge fan of were the charts..little convoluted for my taste. Overall though if you are new or even somewhat new this is a must have
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    Sarah P
    May 14, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read
    This is an easy to read, thick, book about project management. If you’re looking to know more about the career/process before investing in formal educ...More
    This is an easy to read, thick, book about project management. If you’re looking to know more about the career/process before investing in formal education, this would be a good place to start.
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    Anthony P. Johnson
    March 25, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars The book that keeps on evolving to make you a better PM!
    As an author of 43 books on project management, I have stayed on top of what is on the market. I can say that one of the first books I read beside the...More
    As an author of 43 books on project management, I have stayed on top of what is on the market. I can say that one of the first books I read beside the PMBOK Guide when I started learning about project management was the first edition of this book. Having seen it evolve over the years with agile content, PMP exam content, and more current trends, I can say that Eric has been very agile and been an awesome product owner, not just looking at where PM is at the time, but where it's going. The book is also straight forward, simple to comprehend and apply. Buy it, you won't be sorry. It will be the cornerstone of your PM library!
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    G. Richie
    March 22, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Covers it all!
    As someone who has an MBA in project management, I can tell you this book does a fantastic job of laying it all out for you in great detail. As a fel...More
    As someone who has an MBA in project management, I can tell you this book does a fantastic job of laying it all out for you in great detail. As a fellow author, I can attest that Eric's style is easy to follow and he provides a website listed in his book for the reader to download highly useful templates. From the first 15 pages, with his practical checklist for successful projects, all the way through the various chapters with real-world project success stories, this is a great desk reference for the everyday, busy, professional project manager. With 40+ years of experience as a project manager under my belt, I can safely say - get this book - it will be an invaluable tool.
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    Sorin
    March 15, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Project Management and Leadership Book of the decade
    This book makes project management easy to understand and will make you a better leader.I have been running a project management software firm for man...More
    This book makes project management easy to understand and will make you a better leader.
    I have been running a project management software firm for many years and have been recommending this book for the past decade. It makes the nuts and bolts of scheduling so easy to understand and this edition has added new videos that make it even better. The earned value videos make a complex subject very clear. Best of all, the author puts all of these topics in the context of leadership, emphasizing that “successful projects deliver business value and satisfy stakeholders.”
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    Tooran Khosh
    February 21, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for everyday practical reference
    The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Sixth Edition is a must-read book with related case studies and tips on real-world applications on practic...More
    The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Sixth Edition is a must-read book with related case studies and tips on real-world applications on practicing project management including hybrid, agile, and traditional development life cycles. My favorite part of this book is a dedicated chapter on the art and science of estimating; the challenges involved in estimating with demonstrated tools & techniques needed for different levels of accuracy. The Bestselling Author Eric Verzuh addresses common management issues and descriptions of important concepts with practical and easy-to-understand examples. downloadable templates, checklists, and guidelines. I have both the Paperback and Kindle from Amazon to use as my daily reference.
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    DLM
    February 18, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Update!
    This is a substantial and timely update to an already outstanding book. I have been using Eric’s FFMBA in Project Management in my work since the sec...More
    This is a substantial and timely update to an already outstanding book. I have been using Eric’s FFMBA in Project Management in my work since the second edition. What I like about this update is it focuses on what is changing in the world of Project Management. With its explanation of PM and Agile, Eric provides vision and clarity to contrast various approaches to manage different product life cycles. All the usual great contents we have come to expect are here – only updated to reflect current business practices. Included are insightful business stories, clear explanation of tools and techniques, and downloadable general business templates that are both practical and useful. This edition is a great read and an even better daily reference guide to succeeding in project management
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    AZBoarder
    February 8, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars A go to guide for Project Management with new Agile content!
    Eric is an extremely experienced project management practitioner who has spent countless hours consulting and training across a myriad of companies an...More
    Eric is an extremely experienced project management practitioner who has spent countless hours consulting and training across a myriad of companies and institutions. This book represents some of the best tips and practices on how to approach large complex programs and manage them with success. In addition to traditional techniques, Eric has updated this recent edition with tips on how to bring in the strengths of Agile concepts where high performing teams can successfully iterate and complete complex tasks. If you are a program/project manager, scrum master, product owner, or in a Program Management Office, this book should be on your shelf!
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    Vicki W.
    January 29, 2021
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, practical coverage of project management for today's projects
    I highly recommend this book! The 6th edition update is extremely well-written, covering the best practices of project management today, including hyb...More
    I highly recommend this book! The 6th edition update is extremely well-written, covering the best practices of project management today, including hybrid, agile, and traditional project management in a practical way and without unnecessary bulk. There are examples, illustrations, and case studies throughout, plus access to downloadable templates and checklists. Beginners and pros alike will find good value in the book. I use this book in my MBA and HSEM classes, and also provide it to those newer to project management. The book is succinct, covering practices that work in the REAL WORLD and written in understandable language. This is one book you will refer to again and again.
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    Amazon Customer
    June 12, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful.
    Going to be using it for training.
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    andy g.
    January 30, 2019
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great materials
    Great materials. Need to get the videos.
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    Matthew
    September 25, 2018
    5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
    Used for electrician
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    cg
    December 2, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book.
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    Virginia Marie Rico-Gonzales
    September 15, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This is a great book for reviewing information that was learned in class.
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    amazon customer
    February 3, 2016
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Everything I hoped it would be. Exactly what the title implies.
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    jbferrer
    September 13, 2015
    5.0 out of 5 stars BE SMART
    Always a good idea to go back to the basics. Mike Holt makes it fun and clearly understood. Love his teaching series
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    DFL
    December 29, 2012
    5.0 out of 5 stars Came with the answer book for the quizzes
    Great book that I needed for class and it came with the answer book to the quizzes at he end of the chapter. The books sold at the school book store d...More
    Great book that I needed for class and it came with the answer book to the quizzes at he end of the chapter. The books sold at the school book store did not have the answer guide. The guide was useful to double check that understood what was in the chapters.
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