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WARNING: Your latest project could be headed into the red.
Think it can’t happen? Think again. Some two-thirds of all projects—even well-designed initiatives that get off to a flying start—are bound to go over budget, blow their schedules, or otherwise fail to live up to expectations. A whopping 25% will get canceled outright, and you know who will be on the hot seat. Your reputation, your job, your career, and your entire organization could be at risk if a major project fails.
Don’t let it happen.
At last you’ve got a real defensive weapon against failure. With nearly 70 real-life examples of project rescue methods in action on the job, Rescue the Problem Project is the book to use before—or while—you’re in full-blown emergency mode. Project recovery expert Todd Williams presents a proven approach to identifying problems and creating and executing a targeted, effective recovery plan. The book breaks the recovery process into four distinct and practical steps:
Audit. Determine the human and technological factors, scope, time frame, and other roles and issues in the project’s failure.
Analyze. Is the project worth saving at this point? If so, determine the root causes of the problems; create an action plan; apply the appropriate methodology; define the recovered project; and more.
Negotiate. What project elements are on or off the table going forward? Provide multiple recovery options to the stakeholders; do proper planning and presentation of proposed solutions; and address concerns.
Execute. Implement corrective actions that keep problems from recurring on the rescued project and prevent new ones from cropping up in their place; manage perceptions and reactions to failures large and small.
The book’s final section deals with applying lessons learned so that your future projects avoid problems and pitfalls from the beginning. You’ll learn how to apply better risk assessment and management strategies and quantify the probability of success on almost any project.
Crucial chapter takeaways provide the right-now starting points for each stage and step in the recovery process, so that you can start making progress today. Whether you are involved in the daily processes of the project or are responsible to senior management for its success, Rescue the Problem Project gives you powerful, repeatable processes to rein in schedules and budgets, improve products and processes, and make yourself and your team heroes to your clients, your bosses, your colleagues—and anyone counting on your success!
Todd C. Williams is an experienced Senior Project Audit and Recovery Specialist, and a certified PMP®, with over 25 years of international experience in project recovery. His project experience includes managing the development of large-scale business systems integration initiatives throughout the world. Mr. Williams is an active member and frequent contributor to the Society for Information Management (SIM), the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the Association for Operations Management: Advancing Productivity, Innovation and Competitive Success (APICS), and the Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG).
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PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF RAISING CAPITAL:
“… a definitive guide for entrepreneurs and growing companies that need to raise capital.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“Combating the often elusive nature of understanding private investing and venture capital, Andrew Sherman has prepared in one reference source a primer that demystifies in simple, layman’s terms how this process actually works. A must-have for any first-time entrepreneur in search of capitalizing a start-up enterprise.”
— Julia Spicer, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association
“Kudos to Andrew Sherman and his editors. Rarely does a second edition of a best-selling primer widely improve on its original. But Sherman’s new Raising Capital does that grandly. For anyone embarking on raising money—for the first time or the tenth time — this is a must-have tool. It’s the next best thing to having Andrew Sherman himself at your elbow.”
— Burt Alimansky, Chairman, The Capital Roundtable, and Managing Director, Alimansky Capital Group Inc.
“Capital is the lifeblood of an organization, and Raising Capital is the definitive guide to making it pump. Andrew Sherman has pulled all the tips and tricks together into one comprehensive guide. Raising money is hard enough; finding out how to do it shouldn’t be.”
— Verne Harnish, “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist; Founder, Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization
“I heartily recommend Raising Capital to all entrepreneurs starting down the fundraising path. If those seeking funding from our angel investor groups would read this book first, there would be a lot fewer disappointed business owners!”
— John May, Co-Founder, The Dinner Clubs and coauthor of Every Business Needs an Angel
“Andrew Sherman has been counsel to some of the most exciting start-ups in the mid-Atlantic region. His hands-on experience guiding companies through good times and challenging periods provides the real-world insight that aspiring entrepreneurs can put to use. Because he recognizes that not all start-ups are candidates for venture capital, he lays out the various alternatives. For those companies which are a good match for venture capital, he provides practical guidance for getting from business concept to successful IPO or acquisition.”
— John S. Taylor, Vice President of Research, National Venture Capital Association
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