Project Rescue: Avoiding a Project Management Disaster

  • 5h 43m
  • Joe Zucchero, Sanjiv Purba
  • McGraw-Hill/Osborne
  • 2004

Follow the exact steps the experts have successfully taken to rescue a project from failure. This informative and concise book will guide you step-by-step through an effective intervention, allowing you to salvage more than you might think of a project's deliverables and goals. Recognize the early warning signs of decline, then develop swift strategies to handle communication and consensus, research, diagnosis, and timing. Proven techniques, along with case studies and sidebars, help you understand exactly how to save your project and possibly your career.

  • Recognize warning signs in external events, strategies, behaviors, and infrastructures
  • Manage an effective rescue learning and adjusting along the way
  • Examine the detailed processes and deliverables within each phase of a project intervention
  • Monitor and retain control over the direction of the rescue effort
  • Use the project rescue framework to realign your project with PMI principles
  • Maximize team competencies, skills, experience, and attitude
  • Construct a risk management strategy that can deal with unforeseen events
  • Provide fact-based proof that a successful turnaround is possible for your project
  • Manage conflict, build cooperation, and employ a strong project management discipline
  • Improve the success of off-shore and near-shore projects
  • Use the forms, checklists, and templates in this rescue toolkit to assist in your intervention

About the Authors

Sanjiv Purba is CEO of Purba Computer Solutions, Inc. He has over 20 years of progressive experience managing projects of all sizes and complexities and in many different industries. He has worked for the “Big 5” consultancies, for boutique consulting firms, and for Fortune 100 organizations around the world. Some of his clients include IBM, Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs, Perrier, CIT, Microsoft, Sun Life, the Royal Bank, Blast Radius, MetaPCI Corp, BMW, Nintendo, MasterCard, The Hospital for Sick Kids, Legends of the Game, The Hudson’s Bay Company, TD Waterhouse, TD Bank, and CIBC Mellon. Sanjiv has written over 15 books and hundreds of articles for such publications as the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is a recognized authority in delivering large, complex projects successfully and has been retained to successfully salvage many troubled projects. Sanjiv is a frequent lecturer at universities and colleges.

Joe Zucchero has over 24 years of solid experience in project and program management and the execution of highly complex IT engagements. He was named Executive Vice President of The Casey Group in December 2002 when NetigrateZ, a company he founded in April 2001, was merged with The Casey Group. Prior to founding NetigrateZ, Mr. Zucchero held executive positions with IBM, Ernst & Young LLP, and Keane, Inc. He is recognized as an industry leader in e-business, IT governance, program and project management, and IT services management. Mr. Zucchero, who has qualified to sit for the Project Management Institute’s PMP (Project Management Professional) exam, began his career in information technology at AT&T. His work has been published in Wall Street & Technology, CFO IT, and Financial Executive. Mr. Zucchero holds a B.S. in Education from Villanova University.

In this Book

  • Project Rescue—Avoiding a Project Management Disaster
  • Introduction
  • Recognizing the Warning Signs
  • Four-Phase Intervention Framework
  • Rescue Deliverable Framework
  • Early Detection Questions
  • Diagnosing the Situation
  • Risk Management
  • Assessment Questionnaire
  • Establishing a Management Control Office
  • Defining the Project Rescue Approach
  • Building a New Project or Rescue Plan
  • Managing the Intervention
  • Incremental Adjustment
  • Execution Phase Questionnaire
  • Forensic Project Review and Lessons Learned
  • Realigning with Industry Best Practices
  • Post-Intervention Intervention Questionnaire
  • Conflict Management, Building Consensus, and Group Relationships
  • Additional Tools
  • Virtual Database of Experiences and Techniques