Mega Project Management – new book by Virginia Greiman uncovers Lessons from the Big Dig


21 August 2013 – New York, NY, USA – Wiley publishers in the United States has announced the publication of Mega Project Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig by Virginia A. Greiman.  Ms. Greiman is former deputy council and risk manager for the Big Dig, the large tunnel and highway project in Boston that became notorious for large cost overruns.  The book is co-published by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

9781118115473_cover.inddIn Megaproject Management, a central member of the Big Dig team reveals the numerous risks, challenges, and accomplishments of the most complex urban infrastructure project in the history of the United States. Drawing on personal experience and interviews with project engineers, executive oversight commission officials, and core managers, the author, a former deputy counsel and risk manager for the Big Dig, develops new insights as she describes the realities of day-to-day management of the project from a project manager’s perspective.

The book incorporates both theory and practice and is therefore highly recommended to policymakers, academics, and project management practitioners. Focusing on lessons learned, this insightful coursebook presents the Big Dig as a massive case study in the management of risk, cost, and schedule, particularly the interrelation of technical, legal, political, and social factors. It provides an analysis of the difficulties in managing megaprojects during each phase and over the life span of the project, while delivering useful lessons on why projects go wrong and what can be done to prevent project failure. It also offers new ideas to enhance project management performance and innovation in our global society.

This unique guide:

  • Defines megaproject characteristics and frameworks
  • Reviews the Big Dig’s history, stakeholders, and governance
  • Examines the project’s management scope, scheduling, and cost management—including project delays and cost overruns
  • Analyzes the Big Dig’s risk management and quality management
  • Reveals how to build a sustainable project through integration and change introduction

Virginia A. Greiman is Professor of Megaproject Management and International Development and Project Finance at Boston University. She is the former deputy counsel and risk manager for the Big Dig (from 1996 to 2005), and served as a core manager on the twelve-member project executive team responsible for the daily operations of the project. She had an opportunity to participate firsthand in addressing the project’s challenges and fulfilling its goals during its peak years of construction.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., based in New York, is one of the world’s largest publishers in the business, scientific, technical and professional fields. Wiley’s Professional/Trade (P/T) business serves professionals and consumers with books, subscription content, and information services. To see their project management titles, visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-350171.html.

Megaproject Management: Lessons on Risk and Project Management from the Big Dig; by Virginia A. Greiman; published by Wiley and PMI; June 2013; ISBN: 978-1-118-11547-3; Hardcover, 496 pages; List price: US $110.00; information at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118115473.html

Source: Wiley