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“This is without doubt the best book I have read on the subject of project risk management. It is a must read for all project managers, risk management specialists, leaders and company executives. It’s contents will change the way you view projects and organizational risks. Used properly, it will allow you to make clear and informed decisions, which will benefit you and your organization.”
“Wonderful, instructive, and exciting reading… from mountain top to ice field to business boardroom, Avery carefully analyzes the wide landscape of risk and opportunity, hubris, aspirations, and failure."
"… a book filled with inspiring and useful lessons."
“…a genuinely insightful book that confronts the real reasons behind the constant unacceptable failure rate of so many large projects. I strongly commend it.”
“Avery has written a fascinating and unique book about the challenges of project management in high-risk environments. The lessons learned from various high-risk adventures from the past should give project managers new insights into the challenges they face in their current project environments."
“The parallels with modern business risk become very clear the more one reads.”
“I loved how the exciting stories from the high risk mountain top explorations demonstrated the CORA triangle (capabilities, outcomes, and risk appetite). Grant Avery then applied modern tools to business high-risk projects and led us down a path for improving project success...Project managers, organizational leaders, board members, and team players can all benefit from the valuable lessons to improve project success by understanding decisions that influence how projects are selected and implemented. Leadership skills and behaviors can positively or negatively influence outcomes in high-risk environments. There are principles shared from a wide variety of recognized organizations and highly regarded experts."
“...enjoyable and thought-provoking. Most literature in the area of risk management is designed to be technically rich and fulfills the needs of professionals and organizations. This book, on the other hand, is written for anyone who wants to be more aware of the reasons behind their success and failures regardless of their background. The advice is simple, realistic and easy to apply. This book is a must read.”
About the Item
Project success rates haven't changed in 20 years...Learn why, and what you can do to improve them in your organization
Using examples and lessons learned from the failures and achievements of Antarctic explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and Mount Everest expedition leader John Hunt and others, this captivating guide provides powerful insights into the causes of project and program failure and how to manage them to significantly improve project success rates.
This title has been recognized by the global PM community for its contribution and ingenuity. It has received the following industry honors:
About the Author(s)
Grant Avery, PMP, is a leading expert and international speaker on the subject of risk, quality assurance, business cases, and capability maturity models in project and program management. Mr. Avery has reviewed or overseen the quality, risk and success assurance of over $20 billion of high-risk projects and programs in New Zealand and Australian public and private sectors, including over 100 ICT-enabled business change projects. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Registered Consultant in Project and Program Management and P3M3 capability maturity assessments, with an MBA of Distinction from Victoria University, New Zealand.
Earlier in his career, Grant developed a unique perspective on the successful management of project and program risk in part from the knowledge and experience gained as Manager of New Zealand’s Scott Base where he was responsible for science support, search and rescue in Antarctica, and a team lead for the joint (USA-NZ) Antarctica search and rescue team (JASART). Prior to developing his own business, Grant was KPMG Director (Project Advisory), New Zealand.
Mr. Avery is now President of Outcome Insights, a specialized consultancy that provides success and quality assurance advice and reviews for large and high-risk projects and programs delivering ICT-enabled business change, and initiatives introducing new organizational capabilities. Mr. Avery, co-author of the current edition of the P3M3® maturity model, provides specialist assessment and capability improvement advice on the project, program, and portfolio management practices in organizations. He is an active member of PMI International and the New Zealand Risk Society. His organization’s website is www.outcomeinsights.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The constancy of Failure
Chapter 2: A Risk-Rich Environment
Chapter 3: Risk Homeostasis Theory
Chapter 4: Risk Appetite
Chapter 5: The CORA Triangle
Chapter 6: Managing Risk Appetite
Chapter 7: Denial
Chapter 8: The Death Zone
Chapter 9: The Level 3 Organization
Chapter 10: The Heroic Manager
Chapter 11: Advanced Basics
Chapter 12: The Circle of PM Ethos
Chapter 13: Strong Humble Servants
Chapter 14: Epilogue