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Why Projects Fail [Kindle Edition]

Uladzislau Shauchenka
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Book Description

Why Projects Fail offers an informative, entertaining read that is guaranteed to increase your understanding what went wrong with the projects that failed. Was the project well conceived? Was the budgeting adequate? Did it fail because of circumstances that were impossible to anticipate, or were there simply gaps in the planning process? Learn in this informative, interesting read that will help you make sure your next project succeed.

Why Projects Fail presents a balanced analysis of its subject, alternating stories of major corporate and government projects that failed, along with a breakdown of what went wrong. The illuminating stories come from a variety of industries, with a shocking list of familiar companies and organizations. What makes this book unique is the author's delightfully straightforward account of the specific ways that caused problems. The book is full of charts, graphs and pictures.

  • Project management best practices to increase your success rate
  • Suggestions and recommendations for avoiding common pitfalls
  • Case studies and analysis of failed projects across all industries
  • Lots of numbers, stats and data presented in an easy to digest way
  • Quotes from outstanding project management and business gurus


Do you ever wonder why the projects keep failing without obvious reason?
Would you like to learn why projects fail and how to avoid failure?

Why Projects Fail book explains why some projects fail while the other succeed. The book explores statistics, analyses, case studies and lessons learned from known project failures, along with facts and arguments. It goes over the main causes of failed projects, which can include going over budget, poor planning, lack of communication and other reasons.

Do you want to improve chances of your project to succeed? Would like to avoid most common project management pitfalls and causes of project failure? Would you like to avoid devastating results of failed projects: negative career impact, loss of money, time and resources for the company?

Why Projects Fail is going to give you something that will completely change the way you’re running your projects.

Why Projects Fail will tremendously improve your project management processes and procedures so your project won’t fail but succeed. It’s crucial to be aware of potential pitfalls before the project starts and recognize when things might be going wrong during project execution so you can get it back on track.

Why Projects Fail: What is covered?
  • Failure rate and main elements of project’s failure
  • List of failed project incl. year, company name, cost, outcome
  • Reasons for project’s failure
  • Five case studies including NASA, FBI and Government of Canada
  • Proper project management: communication, stakeholder, risk, resources
  • How to prevent project’s failure


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About the Author

Uladzislau Shauchenka has an extensive project management experience delivering technically complex projects. He owned, launched and operated multiple successful products including web apps, enterprise systems, iOS apps.

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  • Print Length: 105 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057G4M4C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from mistakes of others: January 18, 2013
By JASMINE
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I enjoyed this book because it felt new. This book covers (pretty much exhaustively) the types of risk you may encounter in any new project, in a concise and readable manner. I got this book by chance, but now intend to get more by the same author, as I like his style and the way in which he presents information. Rather than just being theoretical, this is a book which uncovers failed projects of familiar brand names of large public and private companies from all over the globe. I have found this book to be a great help when thinking around project risk and how best to audit a project. It also offers great insight around the project lifecycle and how best to ensure a smooth and successful project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quality, detailed and professionally-presented book! January 15, 2013
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This is a very detailed, high-quality guide dedicated to "Why Projects Fail". It is full of interesting photos, pictures and messages/principles that accompany, emphasize and illustrate each point being made, to really drive them home. Naturally there are numerous facts and statistics regarding company project success rates, including a non-exhaustive list of failed projects of some of the big brands (Nike, McDonalds, Ford, Virgin etc), and the reasons why they failed, such as cost overrun, software errors, insufficient training etc.

Even the "big boys" make mistakes, which the smaller company can learn from. The scale of the problem may be different but the principle is the same. I bought this as I needed to do some research for the company I work for, and it has certainly surpassed my expectations and given me a huge amount of insight and knowledge into this particular area.

It is full of relevant information in the 16 chapters, for example the failure rate, main elements of project failure, reasons for project failure - followed by a few chapters of specific real case studies in failed projects, how they failed and the reasons why. Chapter 16 is titled "How to prevent project failure", and is followed by a Bibliography at the very end.

This is a very impressive and professionally presented book. The quality is excellent and I highly recommend this for anyone who requires information on this subject!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Advice! March 16, 2014
By S J
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Why Projects Fail is loaded with TONS of useful advice and examples on the failure of projects, as a senior project manager myself I have recommended this book to several of my associates as the knowledge found in here by Shauchenka truly is that powerful.
If you're involved in project related work, or are just after an fascinating read then this is the book to get!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't "Fail" to check this out! #badwordplay March 15, 2014
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While going through several project implementations at work, with mixed results (no failures, just speed-bumps), I saw this book, and became interested in the way that different projects are started, implemented, and sometimes, fail.

This was a fascinating read, that didn't skimp on the details! It laid out quite a few projects implemented by multi-million and -billion dollar companies, and how and why they failed. It lays out the different ways that projects can fail (budget being one, and the most prevalent), and how these risks could have been mitigated.

It was a fascinating look, full of charts and graphics to both explain the ideas plainly, and keep you interested. And I am pleased to say, this definitely did both for me. Recommended!
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