Project Management, Denial and the Death Zone


pmwj42-Jan2016-Piracha-BOOKBook Title:   Project Management, Denial and the Death Zone
Author: Grant Avery
Publisher: J Ross Publishing
List Price:   $49.95 
Format: Hard Cover
Publication Date:   Oct 2015       
ISBN:  978-1-60427-119-5
Reviewer:     Sara Piracha, PMP 
Review Date: January 2016



Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone is an excellent publication that focuses on the outcomes of information and communication technology (ICT) enabled business (ICT-EB) projects. Plenty of books are published every year about project management, some focus on PMI framework while others are geared towards industry specific projects.

What sets this book apart is that it examines a subject not reviewed often enough. With all the framework that has been established to help practitioners manage their projects better in addition to the new tools that are now available, why are our projects failing at the same rate they were 20 years ago? Where is our focus and why are we not seizing opportunities to reduce these failures? The author has spent a significant amount of time exploring the Arctic and uses his own and the experiences of others to help readers recognize the importance of accomplishing goals safely and wisely.

The introduction of the book communicates the author’s intent to make the material interesting and instructional at the same time. This beautifully sets the stage for the discussion that follows in the succeeding chapters.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is very organized and provides a chapter-by-chapter summary in the introduction. This provides preview of the entire book but gives away highlights of the following chapters prematurely.

Chapters 1 and 2 explain risk and how it is mishandled. The key is to understand that despite all efforts to minimize risk, it will always exist no matter what. The author comprehensively explains that even with more knowledge and information, good judgement is the key to survival in unpredictable environments.


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About the Reviewer

Sara Piracha, PMP

Texas, USA




Sara Piracha, PMP has worked as a project manager and senior analyst for several Fortune 500 companies. In her past roles, she has served in various industries including Aerospace, Transportation and Banking. She has an extensive background in finance and accounting. Her project management experience includes a variety of areas ranging from software implementation to auditing and compliance. She is a member of several professional organizations such as the Project Management Institute and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She can be contacted at [email protected]


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