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Published December 2010

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For those working, or contemplating working in the project fields of information technology, systems, and administrative or change projects, and the like, this book provides valuable guidance.

As the authors put it:[24]

"How to Save a Failing Project: Chaos to Control provides the knowledge, insight, and tools you need to recognize a project in trouble, determine what to do about it, and transform it into a success. You'll also discover methods, techniques, and tools to keep a project from getting into trouble in the first place.
  • Use and continuously update the project plan as you execute the project
  • Recognize signs that the project is deviating from the approach needed for successful completion
  • Develop metrics that provide insight into the health of your project
  • Identify and implement steps to get your project back on track
  • Prevent missteps that can lead to project failure
  • Position your team for project success

So, if you fear that your project is failing, or is likely to do so with the symptoms we have listed, this is the book for you. It is most valuable whether for "Saving a Failing Project", or preventing it from becoming one in the first place.

R. Max Wideman
Fellow, PMI

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24. Ibid, back cover
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