Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

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AMACOM, Mar 20, 2011 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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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!

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Understanding the Process and Realizing
Managements Responsibility in Identifying
Understanding the Issues
Auditing Scope on a Red Project
Determining Timeline Constraints
Examining Technologys Effect on the Project
Assessing the Teams Capability with Technology
Optimizing Resource Utilization
Comparing the Relative Value of Methodologies
Proposing Workable
The Consequence
Preparing the Information for Presentation
Variations on the Meeting Goals
Chapter Takeaway
Root Causes That Were Missed

How Critical Chain Methodology Can Assist in
Building an Extended Project Team
Considering Options for Realigning Technology
Assessing How Methodology Affects the Project
How Agile Methodology Can Assist in a Recovery
Understanding the Theory of Constraints
Avoiding Problems
Assembling the Right Team
Properly Dealing with Risk
Files on the Rescue the Problem Project Web Site
Index
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TODD C. WILLIAMS, PMP is a senior project audit and recovery specialist with over 25 years of international experience.

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