No Wishing Required: The Business Case for Project Assurance


Book Title:  No Wishing Required:  The Business Case for Project Assurance

Author:  Rob Prinzo

Publisher:  Self-published through CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

List Price:   US$19.95

Format:  Soft Cover, 162 Pages

Publication Date:   2011

ISBN: 978-0983033547

Reviewer:      Joseph Simonds

Introduction to the Book

In No Wishing Required:  The Business Case for Project Assurance, Rob Prinzo introduces collaborative intervention; a project assurance methodology he has developed to serve as a bullet proof vest for projects.  Just as the bearer of a bullet proof vest improves the probability that they will survive an otherwise lethal attack, Prinzo asserts that collaborative intervention serves as an effective insurance policy against common causes of project failure.

With a respectful nod to Independent Verification and Validation, Prinzo points out that it is often too reactive to effectively prevent project failure and equips collaborative intervention with a proactive orientation intended to remove the roots of failure before they have a chance to wreak havoc on the project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

No Wishing Required is one part nonfiction to four parts fiction.  Realizing the power examples have to communicate the nuances and applications of a concept Prinzo interlaces a detailed case for and explanation of collaborative intervention into a fictional story in which the character Jenny and her mentor, Bill, use the methodology to successfully prevent an enterprise system implementation project from continuing on a disastrous path.


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About the Reviewer

Joseph Simonds

Joseph Simonds currently serves as the Operations Manager at Data Center Systems, in Dallas, Texas where he has been privileged to work with a family of individuals who understand and value Customer Focus, Humility, Innovation, Passion, Integrity and Dedication since 2004.

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