Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure


pmwj28-nov2014-Goddard-BOOK COVERBook Title: Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure
Author: Todd C. Williams, PMP
Publisher: Amacom
List Price:   US$ 22.00
Format: Hard cover; # 277 pages
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780814416822
Reviewer:      Jimmy J Godard
Review Date:            October 2014

Why should you read this book?

How did you do on your last project?

The goal of all project stakeholders is that everything goes well. This is not realistic in many organizations. Research indicates that more than 15 percent of large projects fail; threatening the existence of the organization and delivering 56 percent less value than predicted.

I recommend this book because it lays out an insightful process, based on real world examples, to identify, prevent and recover from project failure. I had the opportunity to work with the author, Todd Williams, as a fellow board member at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Portland Chapter (Oregon). Todd, a seasoned professional, has served our PMI local Chapter, provided guidance, built leading-edge systems, recovered red projects and helped prevent recurring failures for more than 25 years. Executives at all levels seek Todd’s guidance on how to improve their organizations. He has now made his working knowledge available to us via this book.


The premise of the book is to profile a recovery process for failing projects. It is not a manual that provides guidance on how to manage projects. Rather, it is an end to end process on rescuing projects.

The target audience is stakeholders who are seasoned in project management, with specific applicability toward consultants. The book is technical in nature; which fits the purpose and subject. Therefore, it is not an easy read in which you follow a story from beginning to end. The book contains 20 chapters. There is a chapter that lays out the nature and purpose of each chapter and even establishes relationships between them. In addition, this book cites real case studies in each chapter that illustrate or support the materials and augment the book. 


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About the Reviewer

pmwj28-nov2014-Goddard-REVIEWERJimmy Godardflag-usa

Portland, OR, USA

Jimmy Godard, MBA, PMP, is a seasoned change manager. His work focuses on implementing global enterprise wide changes that impact, people, process, and technology.

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