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Multi-company Project Management


This book is unique in its practical  description of the processes and techniques for creating and managing project organizations. It emphasizes cross company cooperation and the use of customer and supplier collaboration to build synergy and maximize results. It is intended as a guide for senior executives,  project sponsors, and project managers.

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Learn by Doing Microsoft Project Basics


This book quickly teaches the basics of setting up a project using Microsoft Project. Through a series of exercises, students enter tasks, durations, manpower, variable costs, fixed costs, and identify the critical path to create the project baseline plan. This “Learn by Doing” approach gives students an understanding of MS Project basics and  skills to create their own project.

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Project Management eWorkbook


This book can be used alone or jointly with any material supporting the study of project management fundamentals. Students learn principles and behaviors through exercises that demonstrate project management tools and techniques. It uses a stand-alone topic structure that allows tailoring topic selection, sequence, and grouping to fit course objectives and class duration.

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Integrating Course Materials


Project Management eWorkbook Integrates with Course, Textbook, PMBOK Guide, and Slides

The PM eWorkbook topic selection flexibility makes it a great fit for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses in business and engineering curriculum. The author offers free assistance in alignment of any textbook with the PM eWorkbook and selection of topics to meet course objectives.The following instructions detail the steps to integrate the course, textbook, and slides

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Integrating with Course and Textbook

1.) Identify text chapter coverage for each class and list the appropriate text reading assignments.

2.) Align the PM eWorkbook topics to the corresponding text chapters and record results on a Text to Topic Map.

3.) Use the text to topic map and allotted class time to select the exercises from the aligned topics for each class that best support the teaching objectives and available time.

4.) Evaluate topics/exercises not aligned with the text for consolidation into the course plan.

5.) Make decisions regarding use of MS Project Software and the Bakersfield Term project.

6.) Create class agendas by listing the text chapter, PM eWorkbook topic, and exercises for each class..


Integrating Slide Presentations

1.) Request a full set of slide files from the author. 

2.) Create formal presentations for each class by consolidating the topic slides for a specific class based on the agendas.

3.) Add slides for overall organization and course administration as appropriate. (For example, adding agenda, wrap up, and next week assignment slides are typical. In first session instructors might add slides to review course syllabus and term project.)

4.) Supplement the PM eWorkbook slides to better illustrate a point or cover topics not in the PM eWorkbook.

Textbook to Topic Maps Listed by Textbook Author

These Textbook to Topic Maps are designed to aid instructors developing their course calendar. It maps the topics of the Project Management eWorkbook to the chapters of a specific book. It lists the various types and quantities of exercises associated with each topic to aid in selection of exercises to meet the various course objectives and time constraints. When additional textbooks are aligned they will be added to the list. If your desired book is not listed contact Dean Baker for assistance in aligning your book to the topics of the Project Management eWorkbook

Multi-company Project Management Reviews

Eric Trefz, Regional Sales Manager, TGW

This book divides into logical phases, provides excellent examples and diagrams, and is easy to understand. It is written by someone who has gone thru this process many times, so it is not based on `theory' and the process can be implemented into any size company or project. The author provides many tools and examples that, in my experience, have proved successful and are easily adapted into any industry. I work with many clients of varying sizes to design and implement new systems that must be installed without effecting their current operations. This lends itself perfectly to the Multi-company Project Management methodology.

I recommend this book to all Project Managers or executives who are responsible for project implementations and are looking for a tested methodology that will help them better plan and implement projects.

Anthony Calanni, Engineering Manager, Crane

Baker covers the full spectrum of project management methodology while addressing key elements of teamwork, leadership, motivation, and lean manufacturing. The emphasis is on application with sufficient theory and examples to understand and demonstrate the ideas.

The organization of the book is excellent. The brief overviews gave me a better understanding of the concepts and aided comprehension of the subsequent chapters. In Part I, the initial tools and exercises for organizing and planning a project are clear and concise making it easy to adapt them to any situation. The approach to project control through the combination of both activity control and stakeholder management in Part II provided insight and tools which will improve the execution of my own projects.

It is rare to find a project management book that also applies PM principles in a true operations environment. This book does a great job of adapting the PM principles described in the first two parts of the book into operations via the case study detailed in Part III.

Whether you are new to Project Management, or a seasoned veteran, you will find value in this book. Senior and line operations managers will get a better understanding of the value project management offers in business and find a refreshing approach to plant improvement.

Ralph P. Saul, International Consultant, RPS Quality Solutions

I interface with a variety of global businesses that want to grow quickly and effectively by launching new programs and projects successfully. The nature of these global programs results in initiatives that involve interactions with multiple companies and entities. An organized and logical methodology for managing across organizations as described in Multi-company Project Management is a key success factor.
This book provides more than a philosophical approach, it clearly describes and illustrates how to develop the fundamental relationships at the outset and how to manage them through the life of the project - from initial development through launch.
The process overview in the first chapter followed by individual chapters dedicated to each of the process groups simplifies understanding and creates a logical flow that directly relates to real world experiences in a typical project timeline.
I've found the book extremely useful and I highly recommend this to anyone operating in an expanding project-based environment.

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Project Management eWorkbook User Comments

Instructor comments

 “What I particularly found useful about this book was that not only does it contain content that can be modularized based on my class needs and taught in numerous different ways catering to different learning styles of my students, but also the simplistic layout and presentation with which some of the most complicated topics, such as earned value analysis, are broken down. Students have reported experiencing higher levels of engagement while simultaneously having fun in the classroom discussions. The positive impact this book has on student learning and my class always reflects highly on my student evaluations. I am very glad that I decided to adopt the book for my class and will continue using it in the future.”

Dr. Jignya Patel PhD.

Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Nathan Bisk College of Business

Florida Institute of Technology

“I have been teaching PMP/Engineering Project Management for multiple years to University Graduate Students working as Professionals in the Automotive and Other Industries. Additionally, I have taught and continue teaching an online version of the course. The Project Management eWorkbook is the backbone of the course. The Learn by Doing approach helps to clear up and re-enforce learning the material. It covers so much material and examples that a professor has flexibility to choose sections out of the vast material available to meet a variety of course objectives. I highly recommend the Project Management eWorkbook.”

Dr. Bill Edwards, PhD, PE, PMP

Visiting Professor  Industrial, Systems, & Engineering Management

Oakland University

Student Comments

“Really enjoyed the group study approach using breakout sessions and class problems. It helped piece it all together and better understand the concepts.”

“The instructor used lots of practical exercises from the workbook in the class which I have started applying in my job……. Because of the hands-on exercises, I always had fun in the class” 

“The exercises allow individuals to think critically and learn to solve issues while giving students the opportunity to work together practicing project management concepts and tools.”

I loved doing the Microsoft Project exercises. I was nervous at first about the software, but the book had clear step-by-step instructions that made it easy for me to learn”

“Project Management eWorkbook exercises allow you to get to know your classmates while learning their thoughts and perspectives on the exercise. It allows the lecture topic to be applied to real life situations which is always helpful in the learning process.”

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