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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 20 years of frontline project management experience, Lonnie Pacelli shows you how to ensure you're working on the right problem, how to keep project sponsors committed, and how to ensure effective risk management. He offers 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. You'll discover new ways to get all your team members on the same page, streamline that endless final 10% of your projects, and reduce last-minuterework caused by unanticipated stakeholders. From start to finish, this book was crafted for 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.
Failure #1. We Weren’t Addressing the Right Problem.
Failure #2. We Designed the Wrong Thing.
Failure #3. We Used the Wrong Technology.
Failure #4. We Didn’t Do a Good Project Schedule.
Failure #5. We Didn’t Have the Right Sponsorship.
Failure #6. The Team Didn’t Gel.
Failure #7. We Didn’t Involve the Right People.
Failure #8. We Didn’t Communicate What We Were Doing.
Failure #9. We Didn’t Pay Attention to Project Risks and Management Issues.
Failure #10. The Project Cost Much More Than Expected.
Failure #11. We Didn’t Understand and Report Progress against the Plan.
Failure #12. We Tried to Do Too Much.
Failure #13. We Didn’t Do Enough Testing.
Failure #14. We Weren’t Effective at Training the Customer.
Failure #15. We Didn’t Pull the Plug on the Project When We Should Have.
Failure #16. We Tripped at the Finish Line.
Failure #17. The Vendor Didn’t Deliver.
Failure #18. We Had No Fallback Position in Case the Product Failed.
Wrapping It Up…