Title:Project Planning and Project Success: The 25% Solution
Author:Pedro Serrador
Category:Business and Management, Project Management, IT Management, Construction
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The author presents his findings from an extensive review of project planning literature that covers more than 270 sources. He also discusses new research that analyzes data from more than 1,300 global projects. The book confirms that the time spent on planning activities reduces risk and significantly increases the chances of project success. It also concludes that there can be too much planning and shows that the optimum ratio of planning to effort is 25%.

The book examines the impact of project planning on different industries. It discusses research in the construction and information technology (IT) industries, and presents a case study of how to plan and track a software development project. The book also looks at the impact of geography on project planning and success.

Intended as a basic tool in the library of any project manager or general manager, this book brings to light project planning techniques and information that have never been published previously. It is an important resource on how to plan projects properly and propel your career forward.


•Defines the optimum planning levels for project success
•Covers planning for Agile projects and explains how traditional projects can benefit
•Explains how the planning phase impacts final value to customers, stakeholders, and the company
•Examines how personal planning time relates to success
•Includes checklists and forms to help project managers plan projects

About the Author:
Pedro Serrador, PMP, ITIL, P.Eng., MBA, PhD is a senior project/program manager with more than 20 years of experience. He is a teacher, writer, speaker, and researcher on project management topics. His specialties are studying aspects of project success and managing technically complex and high risk project consulting engagements.
He holds an Hons. BSc in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an accredited professional engineer in computer engineering and has been a PMP since 2000. He holds a PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management at SKEMA Business School (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille).
Publisher:Taylor and Francis Books
Date Published:November 2014
PMI Product ID:00101559801
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