Successful Project & Corporate Management in the Real World
A New Approach

By Thomas Meaker
Book Guild
October 2011
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781846246296
224 Pages
$36.50 Hardcover

Are you involved in large-scale and/or complex project management and feel frustrated every time yet another one takes months or years longer to complete than planned and costs two or even three times the original budget estimate? Well, so does Thomas Meaker. He explains, probably for the first time, how projects function, dynamically, and why projects, worldwide, continue to fail. The central roles of people are emphasised, including relevant aspects of the human brain and psyche that can result in serious inadequacies when it comes to complex project management and long-term planning, focusing on our natural human reluctance to face the unpredictability of life and the world we live in.

Meaker discusses the need for realistic risk assessment and the significance of being able to recognize that current project planning is based simplistically on a series of ‘static snap-shots’ and assumptions that are often ignored. He illustrates how natural self-protectiveness, corporate competitiveness, and non-synergistic organisations can further complicate the smooth flow of complex projects and their likelihood of success, that is, of completion on time, on budget, to contractual requirements and, most importantly, to the customer’s satisfaction. Luckily, Dr Meaker has a plan – a simple system for coordinating and focusing large and diverse groups of people in corporate environments. If you want to know how to manage projects and companies successfully - in industry, commerce, government, the military, health service, and virtually any environment - this is the book for you.

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