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Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure Hardcover – 16 May 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (16 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814416829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814416822
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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WARNING: Your latest project could be headed into the red.

Think it can't happen? Think again. Some two-thirds of all projects--even well-designed initiatives that get off to a flying start--are bound to go over budget, blow their schedules, or otherwise fail to live up to expectations. A whopping 25% will get canceled outright, and you know who will be on the hot seat. Your reputation, your job, your career, and your entire organization could be at risk if a major project fails.

Don't let it happen.

At last you've got a real defensive weapon against failure. With nearly 70 real-life examples of project rescue methods in action on the job, Rescue the Problem Project is the book to use before--or while--you're in full-blown emergency mode. Project recovery expert Todd Williams presents a proven approach to identifying problems and creating and executing a targeted, effective recovery plan. The book breaks the recovery process into four distinct and practical steps:

Audit. Determine the human and technological factors, scope, time frame, and other roles and issues in the project's failure.

Analyze. Is the project worth saving at this point? If so, determine the root causes of the problems; create an action plan; apply the appropriate methodology; define the recovered project; and more.

Negotiate. What project elements are on or off the table going forward? Provide multiple recovery options to the stakeholders; do proper planning and presentation of proposed solutions; and address concerns.

Execute. Implement corrective actions that keep problems from recurring on the rescued project and prevent new ones from cropping up in their place; manage perceptions and reactions to failures large and small.

The book's final section deals with applying lessons learned so that your future projects avoid problems and pitfalls from the beginning. You'll learn how to apply better risk assessment and management strategies and quantify the probability of success on almost any project.

Crucial chapter takeaways provide the right-now starting points for each stage and step in the recovery process, so that you can start making progress today. Whether you are involved in the daily processes of the project or are responsible to senior management for its success, Rescue the Problem Project gives you powerful, repeatable processes to rein in schedules and budgets, improve products and processes, and make yourself and your team heroes to your clients, your bosses, your colleagues--and anyone counting on your success!

Todd C. Williams is an experienced Senior Project Audit and Recovery Specialist, and a certified PMP(R), with over 25 years of international experience in project recovery. His project experience includes managing the development of large-scale business systems integration initiatives throughout the world. Mr. Williams is an active member and frequent contributor to the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Project Management Institute (PMI(R)), the Association for Operations Management: Advancing Productivity, Innovation and Competitive Success (APICS), and the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG).

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5.0 out of 5 starsSolving Project and other business problems
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