Project Management, Denial, and the Death Zone: Lessons from Everest and Antarctica

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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: --Nomination for the prestigious PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award --WInner of the 2016 RiskNZ National Awards of Excellence Exemplar Award (RiskNZ is the peak sector and professional body in New Zealand bringing together those people and organisations managing risk) --Chosen as The Book of the Month in PMI's inaugural Projectmanagement.com Book Club

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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.

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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. --Dr. Gerald J. S. Wilde, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Queen's University

... a book filled with inspiring and useful lessons. --Margot Morrell, Author of New York Times best seller Shackleton's Way

A genuinely insightful book that confronts the real reasons behind the constant unacceptable failure rate of so many large projects. I strongly recommend it. --Professor Brad Jackson, Head of School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

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