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


Book Title:  The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence:  A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results
Author:  Adil F. Dalal
Publisher:  CRC Press
List Price:   US $64.95
Format:  soft cover, 661 pages
Publication Date:   2012
ISBN: 9781439849125
Reviewer:      Michele Muse, PMP
Review Date:              July 2012



Introduction to the Book

Often times in my project management career, I have wished for a wise mentor to offer advice on how to become a better project manager.  I had the good fortune, at one time, to be paired with a senior executive at a Fortune 100 company in such a mentoring program.  The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence provides this type of wisdom in the form of a book.  Adil F. Dalal offers his years of experience to those willing to invest time and openness to lean project management methodology.

The book not only provides guidance to those individuals desiring to move their project careers from managerial roles to a leadership level, but also serves as a guide, with specific tools and techniques, for organizations looking for fresh ideas from lean project management methodology.  The book can be utilized by organizations to pinpoint areas for enhancing organizational project leadership strengths and for addressing areas of project process weakness.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Dalal divides the book into chapters based upon his 12 pillars of project excellence.  Each chapter begins with an inspirational quote and then explains the usefulness and application of one of the pillars of project excellence.  The chapter then offers a brief summary of the important takeaways and one or two case studies, detailing from the author’s experience, a real example of the principle at work.

To conclude each chapter, Dalal provides skill inventories for both individuals and organizations to gauge how the individual and/or organization is doing relative to applying the principles outlined in the chapter.  These inventories allow an individual and/or organization to detect areas that could use improvement.  Several other aids and exercises also are included to enhance takeaways from each chapter and pave the way to introduce the ideas into practical use in the organization.  A CD is included with the book so that these tools can be reproduced for group use.


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About the Reviewer

Michele Muse, PMP

Michele Muse has been involved in project management, primarily in technology industries, for about 15 years.  She has managed numerous projects varying in size and intensity for a broad range of organization structures, including a Fortune 100 company, a technology start-up and a self-owned business.  She holds a PMP credential and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management and a Master of Arts in International Business.  Michele can be contacted at [email protected].

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