Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold Kerzner is one of the most popular and comprehensive project management books in the world. Dr. Harold Kerzner has trained thousands of people in the field of project management through his numerous courses, seminars, speeches, and books. His most popular book to date, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling serves as an excellent project management reference and training guide for the PMP exam. The book is uses an easy to follow style that makes it suitable for project managers with all levels of experience.
Kerzner provides compelling explanations for every topic covered in the book and uses logical reasoning to make you understand why certain questions have certain answers. One of main issues people have with Harold’s book is that it is too long and that it doesn’t contain enough real life case studies. In other words: it’s boring. Many believe that it can’t be used as a PMP study guide and that it should only be used as reference because of its length. But Harold never intended it to be a quick study guide for you to read before taking the exam. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a book about project management that covers almost every single topic on the subject, then this is the book for you.
Harold later released a book which contains only real life cases and scenarios to address the issue people had with his first book. Experienced project managers will see the use of Harold’s reference book when they are facing a problem at work and need a quick answer from the book.
If you’re looking for a guide that focuses specifically on the PMP exam and doesn’t go into much detail, then Harold’s book may not be for you. But if you’d rather just buy one big book that contains practically every single topic and subject on project management than buy multiple small ones, then you will be doing yourself a great favor by purchasing Harold’s book.
Conclusion: Harold Kerzner’s Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling is an excellent project management reference for project managers of all levels. However, it is not a good choice for anybody who is looking for a self-study PMP certification guide to prepare for the Project Management Professional certification exam.