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Why do so many grandiose projects fail so miserably? In 2001, Kmart canceled its supply chain management system after $130 million in project expenses. In 2004, Ford Motor Company retired its purchasing setup not long after spending $400 million to develop it. These projects from hell, alas, are not aberrations. Indeed, many projects become utter disasters, with missed deadlines, mangled goals and monster cost overruns. Thus the idea that you can bring your projects in under budget and ahead of schedule while meeting all your quality goals sounds absurdly naive. Not according to Fergus O’Connell, a delightfully witty Irish project management expert. His entertaining, easy-to-read, informative book shows you how to plan, execute and finish any project at top speed – and how to determine whether you should take it on in the first place. getAbstract recommends O’Connell’s efficient game plan to anyone with projects to complete.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to finish any project on schedule or even before the deadline,
  • How to estimate the specifics of a project, and
  • Why many projects fail.

About the Author

Fergus O’Connell founded ETP, Ireland’s largest project management company.



“Say, ‘We’ll Take a Look at It’”
Far too many projects take much longer than anticipated, but they don’t have to end up late. Projects you plan and execute systematically can come in on time or even ahead of schedule, within budget and at top quality. “Fast projects” are eminently doable...

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