Book: Blueprint for Project Recovery-A Project Management Guide: The Complete Process for Getting Derailed Projects
If you are part of a large business or are associated with the federal, state, orlocal government as an employee or as a contractor, this book has special meaningfor you. It uses many federal policies, plans, processes, and standards asreferences. It uses these references for two reasons: first, they are thorough, andsecond, you, as a taxpayer, have already paid for them—why not use them?Projects and programs usually consist of three principal periods—planning,conducting, and concluding. The conducting period is divided into two partsthat occur sporadically: normal and terrifying. The normal part consists of theday-to-day activities that are going according to plan. The terrifying part iswhen the project goes off track—roughly akin to a ‘‘near-miss’’ in an airplane.This book was written to take some of the terror out of the ‘‘near-miss.’’While this book won’t solve all your problems, it will give you a leg up on alot of them. In addition, this book will provide techniques to tailor or customizethe process to your way of doing business or for your specific business area oryour specific technical problems.Many companies reward project and program managers for jobs well done.These rewards come in a number of different forms. One of the rewards is inthe category of recovery. It is a coveted award because any project or programmanager who has been around for a while knows that it is considerably moredifficult to restore a project or program than it is to start up or maintain one.Frequently, the recovery award is called the Phoenix Award. It is called thePhoenix Award because it relates to the mysterious phoenix—the bird that isthe symbol of immortality, resurrection, life, and death. In ancient mythology,the phoenix was said to consume itself in flames and then, three days later arisefrom the ashes, allowing the cycle of life to continue. . . .