By: Ralph R. Young, DBA, Steve M. Brady, PMP, and Dennis C. Nagle, Jr.
You CAN Turn Around Failing Project!
Poor project results are all too common and result in dissatisfied customers, users, and project staff. With countless people, goals, objectives, expectations, budgets, schedules, deliverables, and deadlines to consider, it can be difficult to keep projects in focus and on track. How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control arms project managers with the tools and techniques needed to address these project challenges. The authors provide guidance to develop a project plan, establish a schedule for execution, identify project tracking mechanisms, and implement turnaround methods to avoid failure and regain control.
With this valuable resource you will be able to:
- Identify key factors leading to failure
- Learn how to recover a failing project and minimize future risk
- Better analyze your project by defining proper business objectives and goals
- Gain insight on industry best practices for planning
Table of Contents
Part I — Project Awareness: How to Recognize a Failing Project • Why Projects Fail • Is Your Project Out of Control? • Part II — Project Planning: How to Recover a Failing Project • Analyzing Your Project • Why Create a Plan? • Creating the Plan • Building a Team • Identifying the Products • Identifying the Work • Establishing a Schedule • Other Planning Activities • Part III — Project Execution: How to Minimize the Risk of Future Failure • Executing the Plan • Managing External and Internal Expectations • Managing Scope • Managing Quality • Optimizing the Plan • A Recommended Approach for Project Success
About the Authors
Ralph R. Young, DBA, has led projects in local government, management information systems, systems and software engineering, process improvement, and systems integration. He is the author of four books that address aspects of requirements engineering. Dr. Young is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds an MA in economics and a DBA from The George Washington University.
Steve M. Brady, PMP, has worked extensively in the information technology industry, providing project management, organizational process development, business analysis, and strategic planning services. Mr. Brady holds a BS in management of information systems and an MBA from Wright State University.
Dennis C. Nagle, Jr., has spent more than 20 years as an engineer on project teams, both as a programmer and also as the principal software architect. He is certified in the personal software process (PSP) as defined by the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Nagle holds a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech and an MS in Computer Science from Wright State University.
"Imagine what expert skills at spotting and rescuing a troubled project could bring to your project portfolio. Industry data declares that many projects need saving. This book provides a comprehensive foundation for project managers and organizational leaders to hone their skills so that they can confidently step into the gap and efficiently and effectively recover the value they are expected to deliver." Read the review
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