Managing Difficult Projects


  • Andre Costin, Xemplar Inc. Management Consultants, Montreal, Canada

Managing Difficult Projects pulls together the principles and practice of project management and presents useful diagnostic approaches, tools and structures in a clear and practical way. The book focuses on the diagnosis and resolution of “difficult” problems whether in large or small complex projects. The intent is to help corporate executives and project management practitioners apply proven processes, methodologies, systems, structures and tools to rally the information and the resources required for better decisions, faster delivery and improved results.This essential book shows how to plan effectively and to reduce risk at every step of project delivery, particulary vital during project implementation when 90% of project funding is spent.It covers new ground by proposing the use of the project management process as an integral part of setting and updating corporate strategy. In projects, context is everything! The text is amply illustrated with international case studies, charts, photos, graphs and data tables.
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Primary market is Project Managers, Project Controllers, Marketing and Product Development Managers, Production, and Purchasing Managers.Secondary market is MBA and Project Management MSc level as supplementary reading.


Book information

  • Published: April 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8591-7

Table of Contents

Discovering a project; Setting multi-year corporate strategy; Defining a project; Mobilizing the project; Managing people; Managing contracts; Scheduling work; Managing costs; Commissioning and closing out the project.