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Published here August 2021

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Obstacles to Project Success | The 10 Principles of Project Success
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This handy little book contains a wealth of practical information for organizing and running large infrastructure projects. It is written by author Antonio Nieto‑Rodriguez who has been lucky enough to be involved in a large number of significant projects in Europe and elsewhere. He has used his years of experience to come up with a logical set of ten principles. Each of these are elaborated into sage advice for the otherwise unsuspecting CEO, and his or her underlings responsible for the success of their project outcomes.

As Antonio says in his Introduction: [1]

"No matter what stage you have reached in your career, or which profession you work in, you will certainly have been involved in many projects — some of the successful, others less so. Projects are universal, but t hey can also be highly complex endeavors that require some basic elements to be in place in order to be successful. However, most of us have not received training in the methods and tools that are vital to project success.

This book's purpose is to fill that gap and provide you with an easy-to-apply framework — the 10 Principles of Project Success — to help you and your organization succeed in the new project-driven economy."

About the author[2]

Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States, Antonio is an economist with an Executive MBA from London Business School. He is fluent in five languages. Antonio was the global Chairman of the Project Management Institute in 2016. At the time of writing he is Director of the Program Management Office of GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Previously he worked as Head of Project Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis. He has also worked for ten years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming the global lead practitioner for project and change management.


1. Leading Successful Projects, Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, p xi
2. Ibid, p ii
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