After reading Todd Williams book it couldn't be clearer - to recover a failing project strong teams are required. People are projects and Williams shows this time and again as he provides real-life examples of problems and how-to resolve them. His experience is palpable and his knowledge extensive. Reading his book is like being paired with the best mentor you can find.
This book contains little about the theory of project management, which is great as there are enough of those available already. Instead it's jam-packed full of how the fundamental principals of good management supported by the practical and pragmatic use of solid project management techniques and tools helps everyone on the team, regardless of their position in the hierarchy, can identify the root cause of project failure while maintaining objectivity.
Williams achieves this by clearly setting out and describing each step along the recovery process. He takes the reader through each individual aspect involved, refers constantly to real-life case studies, and provides key questions to ask along with options for dealing with difficult or challenging situations.
Once you've read the book through it is easy to dip in and out of the various sections. This definitely helps where expertise is stronger in one area than another. I particularly liked his use of a chapter relationship chart that lets the reader see quickly where related subject matter can be found elsewhere in the book, and the takeaways at the end of each chapter where key messages and reminders in bullet point form act as quick memory-joggers.
Anyone interested in recovering a failing project or putting in place strategies to help avoid failure in the first place, will benefit from this book. Buy it, read it and keep it by your side. It's a book to be used and will become dog-eared as you refer to it time and again.
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