Like his blogs? You will love his book. Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure.
Rescue the Problem Project
A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure
by Todd C. Williams
(AMACOM Books, 2011)
Todd's first book delivers twenty-five years of project rescue experience. Unlike other books on the subject, Rescue the Problem Project focuses on the process to rescue the project. This is the critical few weeks that transform a failing project to a successful project. Other processes blindly layer processes on top of a project without finding the cause of the failure. Rescue the Problem Project focuses on root cause analysis to determine the source of problems and solve them once and for all.
The book starts by discussing the biggest hurdle in rescuing a project—realization that there is a problem—and proceeds though detailed discussion of the four step process to recover them—audit, analysis, negotiate, and execute. In addition, it includes a complete discussion of four key processes to prevent failure.
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Aside from his book, Todd also maintains his business blog, The Back From Red blog, on his company's website. The topics for these articles range from project management technique to executive leadership skills.
He also regularly contribtues to ProjectManagers.net, Focus.com, discussions on LinkedIn and other websites.
Praise for Rescue the Problem Project
Whether you are trying to prevent, identify, or recover a failing project, this book shows you how to analyze the interaction between people, process, and technology. Rescue the Problem Project is an insightful, comprehensive guide for recovering failing projects. The discussion of project methodologies offers a realistic look at the application of competing processes and highlights their strengths and weaknesses.
Mr. Williams is a 25-year veteran in high-tech project recovery whose work we've seen first hand. Who better to address the acute business problem of high-tech project failure than someone who has been diagnosing and fixing this issue for years? Mr. Williams confronts this very real need head-on. Rather than an overly technical or theoretical how-to book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure, takes a very practical approach to the issue that doesn't gloss over what is often the key driver of success: people. Through the use of multiple case studies, the application of Mr. Williams' expertise becomes very tangible for any organization.
In today's business climate, where change is constant and time to market is measured in days, Rescue the Problem Project should be compulsory reading for anyone managing projects from the newly minted project manager to program veterans.
Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure addresses what everyone on the team, from the CEO to the individual contributor, needs to know about recovering projects. This includes understanding the root causes to each problem that pulled the project into the red. Furthermore, it suggests actions to guide corporate change and create an agile and aggressive company.