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Why You Should Read Total Quality Management for Project Management

This November we have another recommendation for anyone who is interested in expanding his or her knowledge in the field of Total Quality Management.  

Total Quality Management for Project Management, written by Kim H. Pries and Jon M. Quigley is about applying the Total Quality Management Tools to both the line functions in your project as well as the project management discipline. It consists of advanced methods for improving costs, and tools to determine the approaches best suited to the corporate culture and capabilities. In this writing, Kim H. Pries and Jon M. Quigley are setting up a class that merged the discipline of Total Quality Management with Project Management. 

Keep reading this review to find out more about why you should read Total Quality Management for Project Management. 


Table of Contents

  1. Total Quality Management for Project Management: The Idea Behind the Book
  2. Who Is This Book For?  
  3. Why Do We like Total Quality Management for Project Management?   
  4. Final Thoughts 
  5. About the Authors 

Total Quality Management for Project Management: The Idea Behind the Book 

One of the main ideas of Total Quality Management for Project Management is the importance of the reduction of costs, which are considered to be just as valuable as the company’s revenue increase. By focusing on the integration of the project management tools with Total Quality Management (TQM) the authors explain how one can one-decrease costs and expenses. 

Total Quality Management for Project Management opens with an introduction where the importance of TQM is outlined as well as the total quality management prerequisites. Furthermore, the author cover segments such as Metrics, Requirements, and their importance. The Total Quality Management Tools where the Pareto Charts, Scatter Plots, Control Chart, Flow Charts, Histograms are clarified as follows.

Kim H. Pries and Jon M. Quigley cover parts such as Project Management Tools, Statistics and Control, Process Analysis and Improvement, Inspection and Quality Assurance, Tracking Metrics, and other supportive initiatives.  

Overall Total Quality Management for Project Management consists of well-structured chapters that will guide the readers through the fundamentals of total quality management.

Who Is This Book For?

Anyone who is interested in the fundamentals of Total Quality Management can benefit from this book. In addition, managers who strive to increase profitability can take advantage of the methods presented regarding the relationship between profitability and product cost―including the initial work determining investment paybacks.

Why Do We like Total Quality Management for Project Management?

Apart from representing a guide in the TQM World, the book illustrates real-life stories and methods that make Total Quality Management for Project Management an attention-grabbing and stimulating read. Moreover, the pioneering approaches for refining costs covered in this writing can be easily transferred to any corporate culture or capability.

There is no doubt that the combined experience of the two renowned experts in the fields, makes Total Quality Management for Project Management a valuable script in the project management community. 

Final Thoughts 

We hope that by reading this review, you will have a better understanding of how this book can be helpful for understanding TQM. 

Have you read this book? What is your opinion about it? Feel free to post your comments in the section at the end.

About the Authors 

Kim H. Pries has four college degrees: B.A. History from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), B.S. Metallurgical Engineering from UTEP, M.S. Metallurgical Engineering from UTEP, and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. 

Mr. Pries worked as a computer systems manager (IT), a software engineer for an electrical utility, a scientific programmer on defense contract, and for Stoneridge, Incorporated (SRI), he has worked as:

  • Software manager
  • Engineering services manager
  • Reliability section manager

Mr. Pries has provided Six Sigma training for both UTEP and SRI, cost reduction initiatives for SRI. Mr. Pries is also a founding faculty member of Practical Project Management. Additionally, in concert with Mr. Quigley, Mr. Pries is the co-founder and principal of Value Transformation, LLC, a training, testing, cost improvement, and product development consultancy. Mr. Pries also holds Texas teacher certification in mathematics, technological education, technological applications, and special education. 

Jon M. Quigley has three college degrees; B.S. Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing, and an M.S. in Project Management from the City University of Seattle. Mr. Quigley teaches project management classes at Forsyth Technical Community College as well as being on their project management advisory board. He is also on Western Carolina University’s Masters of Project Management advisory board. 

In concert with Mr. Pries, Mr. Quigley is co-founder and principal with Value Transformation, LLC, training, testing, cost improvement and product development consultancy.

Total Quality Management for Project Management
 

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