The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-Ups, and How to Cut Them off at the Pass

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9780131490475: The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-Ups, and How to Cut Them off at the Pass

This is your complete, hands-on guide to saving projects in trouble.

Drawing on 20 years of frontline project management experience, Lonnie Pacelli identifies the 18 most pervasive causes of project failure: their causes, early warning signs, and how to fix them before it's too late.

Here's just some of what you'll learn...

  • ...how to focus on the right problem, find and keep the right sponsors, realistically determine scope, uncover hidden risks, write more effective project plans...
  • ...involve the right people, get your whole team on the same page...
  • ...deal with vendors who don't deliver... manage and minimize cost overruns...
  • ...communicate more effectively...test right, train right...
  • ...streamline that last, endless 10% and finish strong...
  • ...and more...
  • ...a whole lot more.

If you're a working project manager, consultant, or team leader, this book is your secret weapon. It's fast. Relevant. Practical. Easy to read. Easy to use. Above all: it works.

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From the Author:

With so many project management books in print, why do projects still come in late and over budget? While other books tell you how to plan, they don't explain how to save projects in real life, when things go awry. This book identifies the 18 most pervasive causes of project failure and their warning signs, explains why they happen, and shows exactly how to overcome them. Drawing on over 30 years of frontline project management experience, I show you how to ensure you're working on the right problem, how to keep project sponsors committed, and how to ensure effective risk management. I talk about hard-won insights on realistically determining a project's scope, involving the right people in cross-disciplinary teams, managing multiple project risks, and bringing each project to a strong finish. I'll give you some tips to get all your team members on the same page, streamline that endless final 10% of your projects, and reduce last-minute rework caused by unanticipated stakeholders. I wrote this book targeted specifically to working project managers. It's concise, relevant, easy to read, full of war stories, and packed with practical resources and advice to help real people cut real project problems off at the pass. I truly hope you get some great nuggets from The Project Management Advisor and the book will help you drive project success.  Best - Lonnie

From the Back Cover:

Running a project? Smell trouble? Get this book. Here are specific, practical, immediate solutions for all 18 key causes of project failure. Here's how to diagnose problems before they get out of control. And fix them.  Here's how to keep any project on track. And any career.
 
What to do when you're...
 
·   Addressing the wrong problem
·   Running over budget
·   Designing the wrong solution
·   Missing key project risks
·   Using the wrong technology
·   Trying to do too much
·   Working from an inadequate plan
·   Not doing enough testing
·   Missing the right sponsorship
·   Not doing enough training
·   Managing a team that won't gel
·   Relying on vendors who aren't delivering
·   Not involving the right people
·   Working without a fallback position
·   Failing to communicate
·   Coming up short at the finish line
·   Skidding away from the project plan
·   Deciding whether to pull the plug

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