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Published here June 2013

Introduction to the Books
Book  1  - An Introduction to Project Management
Introduction | Table of Contents | General Observations and Recommendations
Book 2 - The Six Sigma Handbook
Introduction | Table of Contents | General Observations and Recommendations
Book 3 - Facilitating Project Performance Improvement
Introduction | Table of Contents | General Observations and Recommendations

Book 1 - An Introduction to Project Management, 4th Edition, by Kathy Schwalbe, 2012


We reviewed the 2nd edition of this book in more detail back in 2009.[1] We are now taking a look at the 3rd edition. However, author Kathy Schwalbe has recently released her 4th edition of this book, which is based on the new version of the PMBOK®Guide (Fifth edition).

This Fourth Edition is a hefty tome of over 500 pages. It offers a general yet concise introduction to project management with up-to-date information on how good project, program, and portfolio management can help you achieve organizational success. The book generally follows the natural life span of a project and uses the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide ("PMBOK") as its foundation. The text includes over 50 samples of tools and techniques applied to one large project and it also includes brief guides to Microsoft Project and AtTask.

New to the Fourth Edition is also a 60-day trial of MatchWare's MindView Business software. This allows you to create a work breakdown structure from a mind map and then easily import it into a Gantt chart. The author has also added a feature called Video Highlights and links to the videos from the free companion Web site at

Author Kathy Schwalbe's objective is to provide a comprehensive coverage of project management. This includes references to program management and project portfolio management. Her intent is to teach the subject, including its associated tools and techniques, for practical application in a project environment.

Kathy considers her book is suitable for all majors, including business, engineering, healthcare and more.[2] As an update, Kathy is working with a co-author, Dan Furlong, to publish a variation of this text called An Introduction to Healthcare Project Management, available in June 2013. She said that several instructors asked her to write this new book, and she was happy to find an excellent co-author and practitioner at the Medical University of South Caroline to help her write it.

About the author

Kathy is a Professor in the Department of Business Administration at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where she primarily teaches courses in project management and problem solving for business. Before entering academia in 1991, Kathy started out as a project manager in the Air Force and subsequently worked for ten years in industry. So Kathy has the experience to back up her work. She may be reached at For more information, visit

Introduction to the Books  Introduction to the Books

1. Schwalbe, Kathy, An Introduction to Project Management. For our 2nd Edition review see two_books/intro.htm.
2. Schwalbe, Kathy, An Introduction to Project Management, 4th Edition, published by Kathy Schwalbe, LLC, 2012, abstracted from back cover.
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