Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure


pmwj29-dec2014-Rohm-BOOKBook Title: Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure
Author: Harold R. Kerzner, PhD
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
List Price:   $75.00
Format: Hard cover, 336 pages
Publication Date:   March 2014
ISBN: 978-1-118-80919-8
Reviewer:      Kate Rohm, PMP, CSM
Review Date:            October 2014


Intended Audience: Project managers who are managing struggling projects, have been asked to recover a failing project, or who want to simply gain information to help guide project teams to success. Business leaders, program/portfolio managers, and project teams who seek to understand what factors cause projects to fail and how they may contribute to ensuring project success.

On more than one occasion I have been asked to turnaround a stalled or struggling Information Technology project. I’m always interested in the root causes associated with these troubled projects and also in finding the most viable methods for recovery and prevention of recurrence. I’ve discovered over time that the definition of a specific project’s success or failure depends, to a great degree, on stakeholder impact, perception, and expectations. Ensuring clear alignment is key to knowing if a project is successful or if it has failed to meet common goals and objectives. When I discovered this book by Dr. Kerzner was available for review, I was intrigued and hopeful to learn new information on how others recover and even prevent failing projects.

Harold R. Kerzner, PH.D., has spent 50 years involved in project management and is a global leader in project management and Senior Executive Director at International Institute for Learning, Inc. Dr. Kerzner has instructed over 200,000 professionals in his “Kerzner Approach” to project management excellence. The Kerzner Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Kerzner Project Management Award are managed by the PMI Educational Foundation.

Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure delivers benefit to the reader by examining critical causes of project failure through examples of real-world case studies that highlight root causes and then align key lessons learned to specific PMBOK® Guide sections where additional or supporting information may be found.


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About the Reviewer

pmwj29-dec2014-Rohm-REVIEWERKate Rohm, PMP, CSM flag-usa

Portland, Oregon

Kate Rohm, PMP, CSM is a Senior-level IT Program/Project Manager with over 20 years of experience leading high-profile programs and projects in the manufacturing, direct-to-consumer retail supply chain, and US Department of Energy power utility industries.  A summary of her work can be found on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/katerohm

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