Project Management Advisor, The: 18 Major Project Screw-Ups, and How to Cut Them Off at the Pass
Product Author Bios
Lonnie Pacelli is President of Leading on the Edge International (http://www.leadingonedge.com). Lonnie has over 20 years leadership expertise as an executive, project manager, developer, tester, analyst, trainer, consultant, and business owner. During his 11 years at Accenture he built leadership expertise consulting with many Fortune 500 companies including Motorola, Hughes Electronics, and Northrop-Grumman. During his nine years at Microsoft he continued building leadership expertise through development of some of Microsoft’s internal systems, led their Corporate Procurement group, managed their Corporate Planning group, and led company-wide initiatives on Continuous Fiscal Improvement and Training Process Optimization. He has successfully implemented projects ranging from complex IT systems to process re-engineering to business strategies.
Lonnie is also currently CEO of Banzai Sushi (http://www.banzai-sushi.com) in Seattle, WA. Banzai Sushi is the premier manufacturer of frozen sushi products.
Lonnie is also a Principal with Consetta Web Solutions (http://www.small-business-internet-marketing.info) which specializes in web hosting, marketing, and e-book publishing for small businesses.
Lonnie is also a Partner with Ascend Business Solutions (http://www.ascendbusiness.com) which specializes in back-office outsourcing, consulting, and providing leadership expertise for small businesses.
This is your complete, hands-on guide to saving projects in trouble.
Drawing on 20 years of frontline project management experience, Lonnie Pacelli identifies the 18 most pervasive causes of project failure: their causes, early warning signs, and how to fix them before it’s too late.
Here’s just some of what you’ll learn...
...how to focus on the right problem, find and keep the right sponsors, realistically determine scope,uncover hidden risks, write more effective project plans...
...involve the right people, get your whole team on the same page...
...deal with vendors who don’t deliver... manage and minimize cost overruns...
...communicate more effectively...test right, train right...
...streamline that last, endless 10% and finish strong...
...a whole lot more.
If you’re a working project manager, consultant, or team leader, this book is your secret weapon. It’s fast. Relevant. Practical. Easy to read. Easy to use. Above all: it works.
Running a project? Smell trouble? Get this book.
Here are specific, practical, immediate solutions for all 18 key causes of project failure.
Here’s how to diagnose problems before they get out of control. And fix them.
Here’s how to keep any project on track. And any career.
What to do when you’re...
· Addressing the wrong problem
· Running over budget
· Designing the wrong solution
· Missing key project risks
· Using the wrong technology
· Trying to do too much
· Working from an inadequate plan
· Not doing enough testing
· Missing the right sponsorship
· Not doing enough training
· Managing a team that won’t gel
· Relying on vendors who aren’t delivering
· Not involving the right people
· Working without a fallback position
· Failing to communicate
· Coming up short at the finish line
· Skidding away from the project plan
· Deciding whether to pull the plug
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A complete library of practical project management resources:
sample status reports, communications plans, project health checklists, and more
Table of Contents
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…
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