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Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure Hardcover – March 20, 2011
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“If you are a project leader determined to succeed…read an excellent book: Rescue the Problem Project.” --Manager’s Minute
"If your project is troubled and constantly reporting a status of Red or Amber, then get your hands on a copy now.” --A Girl’s Guide to Project Management
“Reading his book is like being paired with the best mentor around and I read it like I do good fiction; totally absorbed.” --Change for Action
"Whether you are a seasoned project manager or at the beginning of your career, this book is for you if your project is in the red." --Project Manager.com
"Project team members and managers responsible for overseeing any kind of project, whether formally designated or not, will benefit from reading this book and keeping it as a reference." - Quality Progress
"Todd depicts a common sense approach in the book. It is a great reference to help rescue your distressed project or get it out trouble.” --PM World Journal
"... lays out an insightful process, based on real world examples, to identify, prevent and recover from project failure." --PM World Journal
“When you’re in crisis mode, reach for this book to assess the core problems and create an action plan.” --Wrike blog
“…provides a step by step plan to getting your project back on the right track…[and] includes a treasure trove of real world examples to back up its strategies.” —Workzone
When budgets are dwindling, deadlines passing, and tempers flaring, the usual response is to browbeat the project team and point fingers of blame. Not helpful. For these situations, what is needed is an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem.
Rescue the Problem Project provides project managers, executives, and customers with the answers they require. Turnaround specialist Todd Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries resuscitating failing projects. In this new book, he reveals an in-depth, start-to-finish process that includes:
• Techniques for identifying the root causes of the trouble
• Steps for putting projects back on track—audit the project, analyze the data, negotiate the solution, and execute the new plan
• Nearly 70 real-world examples of what works, what doesn’t, and why
• Guidelines for avoiding problems in subsequent projects
Many books explain how to run a project, but only this one shows how to bring it back from the brink of disaster. And with 65% of projects failing to meet goals and 25% cancelled outright, that’s essential information!
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0814416829
- ISBN-13 : 978-0814416822
- Product Dimensions : 6.57 x 1.38 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : AMACOM; Special ed. Edition (March 20, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 18 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Todd gives great guidance and sound advice in accurately assessing and dealing with troubled projects. He is an experienced practitioner who has been involved with turning around hundreds of failing projects.
Todd gives practical advice on how to audit projects, analyze data, and applicable approaches and solutions for those finding themselves with a troubled project that may be over budget, running late or out of control.
Anyone who is involved with running projects needs to read his sound advice to prevent your project from getting into trouble.
Todd pays excellent attention to how people at all levels of management impact the success or failure of a project. At the same time, Todd forces to rely on facts, not opinions of what may be going wrong with a project. Todd offers a sound methodology of recovering the project and the elements of what should be included in any project management plan.
He addresses all aspects of auditing the project for a proper assessment and analysis to make sure the project or parts of the project are even worth fixing. Rather than move right to execution, I appreciated the negotiation section to ensure that before going forward all interested parties are focused on the right result.
Although this is a "rescue" methodology, knowing how to fix the project will ensure you head off the problem before it even starts. Finally, the methodology pays homage to the customer whose happiness determines our business success.