Rescue the Problem Project
A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure
Publisher: AMACOM
Final Release Date: March 2011
Pages: 304

Back from the brinkùthe first fail safe recovery plan for turning around troubled projects.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 ò Steps for putting projects back on trackùaudit the project, analyze the data, negotiate the solution, and execute the new plan ò Nearly 70 real-world examples of what works, what doesnt, and why ò 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, thats essential information!

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  • Easy to understand
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After reading this book my impression is that the text of this book has mixed quality.

I find parts of the text is this book to be well written and a joy to read. These parts have useful information. These parts also have several sentences that make good quotes, usable when convincing corporate management and project team to apply better project work practices.

I find parts of the text to be dull reading made up of the author's self-glorification and ramblings.

A title like this could be a wonderful book, like the books by Timothy Lister, Tom DeMarco and Frederick P Brooks. However, this book is nothing like that. If you expect too much of this book you will be disappointed. On the other hand, this book is not useless - it has useful information.

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