PM WORLD Book Review

pmwj22-may2014-Subramanian-IMAGE1 BOOKBook Title:  MEGA PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons
List Price:   US$110.00
Format:  Hard Cover; 464 Pages
Publication Date:   June 2013       ISBN: 9781118115473
Reviewer: Lakshmi Subramanian
Review Date:              Mar 2014

Introduction to the Book

“Mega Project Management – Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig” is a good read and extremely informative. It is designed to be used primarily as a textbook. The Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T) a.k.a the Big Dig, was a Mega Project (i.e. project cost exceeds $1 billion) in Boston, spanning 23 years, costing $14.8 billion, employing 5000 workers and 130 major contractors.

The Big Dig was the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the United States and the largest inner-city construction project in the world. It was built to address many urgent issues including inner-city congestion, deterioration of the 1952-vintage elevated highway system (Highway in the Sky) and need for green space. The solution was to replace the elevated Artery with a depressed Artery (Ted Williams Tunnel), the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, over the Charles River, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The author focuses primarily on what went right with the Big Dig and how it came to be. The author documents the Big Dig in depth while creating an elaborate guide for any mega project. The amount of research and diligence that went into creating this book is truly commendable.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is structured for teaching, where each chapter starts with the background of that Chapter’s title/topic and is related to the Project Management Standards. It is then followed by references to the Big Dig and in some cases, other Mega Projects around the world as well. Chapters always close with the following sections – “Lessons Learned”, “Best Practices”, “Summary”, “Ethical Considerations”, “Discussion Questions” and “References”

The book is divided into 12 Chapters beginning with the definition and need to study Mega Projects, their characteristics and framework, the History of the Big Dig and it’s financing, the Stakeholders, Governance, Megaproject Scope Management, Schedule, the Big Dig Cost History, Cost Management, Risk, Quality Management, Project Integration and Leadership.


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About the Reviewer

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North Texas, USA

Lakshmi Subramanian, PMP, has over 10 years of varied and valuable experience serving the IT and IT Enabled Services industry. She has a Bachelors in Commerce, Masters in Computer Applications and Diploma in Business Management and is a proud member of the Dallas PMI Chapter. Lakshmi is currently working for a Telecom Major in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, USA. Lakshmi can be contacted at [email protected].

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