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What You Learn From Rescue the Problem Project

Following are video excerpts from an interview with the author, Todd C. Williams, about his books.

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.

Jackie Barretta
Senior Vice President and CIO
Con-way, Inc.

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From Germany:

"Todd Williams' book 'Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure' is a welcome and much needed aid to help rescue and re-align struggling and failing projects. It is a very valuable resource for anyone working in a project management. Regardless whether or not the own project is on its way to glory or doom...." Read More...

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A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

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by Todd C. Williams
ISBN: 9780814416822
(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.

Rescue the Problem Project is a practical guide to managing and running projects. It is the only book that focuses on people rather than process and highlights where many companies go wrong--leading with technology as a solution. This approach makes it invaluable as an instructor's tool to relay the experiential knowledge in managing people on projects. As the title implies, it extensively uses troubled projects to provide the practical experience required to improve a manager's chance of success. The lessons-learned examples apply far beyond the project and into practical leadership skills. Definition, auditing, and negotiation are skills that everyone needs. Rescue the Problem Project discusses these concepts in the context of project management and provides the experiential information for students to learn and retain the information.

Rescue the Problem Project

A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure

by Todd C. Williams

PART I Understanding the Process
and Realizing there is a Problem

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Chapter 1 The Basics of the Recovery Process

The Context of a Project
Understanding Project Success
What Is a Red Project?
What Is Project Failure?
What Is Project Recovery?
The Recovery Process
Roles in the Extended Project Structure
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