From the USA:
"On the surface, these four steps appear to be basic ones to follow. What sets this book apart from others is the author’s experience in serving as a recovery manager for problem projects and the lessons he has learned in doing so. The chapters present short but meaningful case studies; many based on personal experience, illustrated with tables and figures and with summary "takeaways."...
Levin, G. (2012), Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure. Proj Mgmt Jrnl, 43: 76. doi: 10.1002/pmj.21271
"After reading Todd Williams’ book Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure it couldn’t be clearer - to recover a failing project strong teams are required.
People are projects..." Read more...
"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’.
With 25 years of project recovery experience, Todd C Williams has successfully broken down the project rescue process into four well defined stages that..." Read more...
Rescue the Problem Project is available from any major bookseller; however, Amazon has drawn the best collection of reviews. Currently totaling twenty-three (23) reviews on the main site and two in the UK these act as a testament to the acceptance and quality of the book. Check them out and add you own!
From one review:
This is an excellent resource and reference for struggling projects (not just bona fide problem projects requiring rescue). Todd has captured, with tangible examples, case studies, and explanations the work required to identify and remove projects from the point failure. This is a must read for all levels of management who rely on project execution for their business' success.
"One of the hardest things for managers to recognize, sometimes, is when to seek outside assistance.
When you are working on a project and it does not seem to be going in the right direction, what do you do?" Read more...
"Anyone reading this book must first face the uncomfortable truth that most projects have issues, and in many cases this will lead to the 25% failed projects claimed by the author. Like any issue, recognising you have a problem is the first step to dealing with it.
This is a very honest book..." Read more...
"By the time I was half way through the introduction I liked Todd Williams. I liked his way of thinking, his faith in project management and in people, and his ability to tell stories. I was sold on the idea of a book telling me how to rescue a problem project, even though I wasn’t working on one. Let the lessons begin...." Read more...
"Talk doesn’t cook rice.
If the result of the negotiation is to continue the project, it needs to be reset to the definition phase. It now has a scope of work, tentative timeline, potential resource list, initial risk register, and project assumptions; it is ready to roll. It has the traits of a new project, and everyone should treat it as such." Read more... (Requires free login)
"As a veteran project manager, I have seen my fair share of problem projects. The issues that can occur with budgets, communications, scheduling, resources, politics, etc. can be disastrous to project success. It is rare to find a project that does not have some issue along the way. This book provides a practical approach for guiding project managers that find themselves with a problem project..." Read more...
"According to Williams, two-thirds of all projects blow deadlines, go over budget or don’t deliver as promised. This book aims to give you the tools you need to recognize a failing project and..." Read more...
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Rescue The Problem Project
- New PM Articles for the Week of November 9 – 15, The Practicing IT Project Manager, November 9, 2015
- The Argument for Disbanding Your PMO, Accellerated IT Success, Nov 13, 2015
- New PM Articles for the Week of September 28 – October 4, The Practicing IT Project Manager, October 4, 2015
- Episode 332: Project Sponsor Challenges and Solutions, PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner, September, 2015
- New PM Articles for the Week of December 1 – 7, The Practicing IT Project Manager, December 7, 2014
- How to buy Project Management Consulting Services: Service as a Product (SaaP), Guerrilla Project Management, Samad Aidane, December 2, 2014
- Episode 275: Your Project Statement of Work is Missing a Comma!, PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner, June 14, 2014
- State Invites 10 Firms To Shift Cover Oregon To The Federal Health Insurance Exchange, Oregonian, Portland, Nick Budnick, May 28, 2014
- Decision To Scrap Or Salvage Cover Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Poses Risks Either Way, Oregonian, Nick Budnick, Portland, April 9, 2014
- Cover Oregon Consultant: Fix For Health Insurance Exchange Could Take $40 Million, 21 Months, Oregonian, Nick Budnick, Portland, April 4, 2014
- Episode 205: Rescue The Problem Project, PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner, June, 2013
- Episode 206: How to Keep your Project out of Trouble, PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner, May, 2013
- How to identify, prevent, and recover from project failure, Accellerated IT Success,April 2, 2013
- Episode 260: The Seven Steps to Rescuing the Problem Project, PM Podcast, Cornelius Fichtner, January. 2014
- New PM Articles for the Week of August 6 – 12, The Practicing IT Project Manager, August 12, 2012
- New PM Articles for the Week of June 11 – 17, The Practicing IT Project Manager, June 17, 2012