The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results

PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj29-dec2014-Sitaula-BOOKBook Title: The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results
Author: Adil F. Dalal
Publisher: CRC Press – Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
List Price:   US$57.56
Format: Soft cover; # 691 of pages
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4398-4912-5
Reviewer: Manjeeta Sitaula
Review Date:            11/2014


Introduction to the Book

It is very seldom that a non-fiction book can captivate the readers to the very last chapter. However, “The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: by Adil P. Dalal, not only provides practical examples but is full of witty illustrations that entice the readers and help relate the daily experiences a professional in the field of project management encounters.

Oftentimes a project manager plateaus at the level of managing project constraints: scope, time and budget, and lacks a greater vision of leading and influencing the team to reach established objectives. This book inspires managers to become better leaders and highlights qualities imperative for the success of an organization.

The author provides insight on the qualities of a dynamic leader, the concept of lean thinking, eliminating unnecessary components of projects. He also discusses organization cultures, reasons for project failures and the lessons that can be learnt from them. With exercises presented behind the chapters, this book provides plenty of opportunity for self-assessment.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The twelve pillars of project excellence are presented in individual chapters and warm-up introductions. From chapter to chapter, the transitions appear to be seamless. The titles of the chapter have a strong statement in themselves, for instance, ‘Be a Project Leader’ to ‘Invest in Your Appreciating the Assets.’

The summary and conclusion sections capture the quintessence of all twelve chapters. The key points are tabulated and illustrated through pictures and analogies. Upon the completion of the book, the reader feels empowered and prepared to set high goals for a successful project. 


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About the Reviewer 

pmwj29-dec2014-Sitaula-REVIEWERManjeeta Sitaula, PMPflag-usaflag-nepal

Texas, USA

Manjeeta Sitaula is a professional in the field of Civil Engineering and has been certified as a PMP since 2013. She has been involved in the industry for five years and is working towards becoming a certified Risk Management Professional and a Professional Engineer. She can be reached at [email protected].

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