January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

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About the Book Club Meeting

About the Book Club Meeting

The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting onRescue the Problem Project will take place on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

About the Book

Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure by Todd Williams (2011) Current price is $21.99 for the Kindle edition on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

Rescue the Problem Project provides project managers, executives, and customers with an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem. Turnaround specialist Todd Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries resuscitating failing projects. In this book, he reveals an in-depth, start-to-finish process that includes: * Techniques for identifying the root causes of the trouble * Steps for putting projects back on track-audit the project, analyze the data, negotiate the solution, and execute the new plan * Nearly 70 real-world examples of what works, what doesn't, and why * Guidelines for avoiding problems in subsequent projects Many books explain how to run a project, but only this one shows how to bring it back from the brink of disaster.

Event Location

CACI 1st floor Conference Room
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

This event begins at 5:30 pm.

Open book discussion. Free meeting for Chapter members.

Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

Purchase the book through Amazon here https://goo.gl/BKAbLL. An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

Special Instructions

PDU's Available:

Based on the book length, this Technical Project Management talent triangle topic should take four hours to read which converts to 4 educational PDUs for qualified PMPs who are under PDU limit for their current three-year certification cycle. Please note that these PDUs will need to be reported as reading. One additional PDU for informal learning may be counted for attending the book club meeting to discuss the book. For full details on PDU, reporting refer to the Certification Requirements Handbook.

PDUs Available: 
PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

Industry / Sector


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

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