Lead Successful Projects




Book Title:  Lead Successful Projects
Author:  Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
Publisher:  Penguin Random House UK
List Price:  $19.99
Format: Soft cover, 176 pages
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-0-241-39547-9
Reviewer: Masood Said PMP
Review Date: January 2020




This book is about how to manage projects for success. The book discusses how to establish goals and develop a realistic plan for the execution of projects, how to monitor the project work along the way to stay within the project schedule and the project budget. The book also explains how to define the purpose of the project, how to define its goals, how to develop a realistic plan, monitor and control the work, report the progress, control the budget, identify and manage risks throughout the life of the project.

The book is filled with many examples based on the author’s experience in handling Industrial projects. It is practical guide that will help the readers in leading projects to a successful conclusion.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book consists of 15 chapters which are spread over 149 pages. Conclusion, End notes, Abbreviations and Index are at the end of the book on pages 150 to 164.

Chapter by Chapter review

Chapter 1 – The emergence of projects – In this chapter the author sets the tone of project management and discusses the general reasons why projects are undertaken and the role of stakeholders and sponsors in initiating projects.  The author also lists the ‘10 principles of project success’ which are discussed in details in chapters 4 to chapter 13.

Chapter 2 – What are projects? – In this chapter the author discusses how to define project and the difference between projects and operation. The author also outline ‘things to be considered before taking up a project’ and the cost related to ‘Project Management’.

Chapter 3 – Reinventing project management – In this chapter the author describes lessons learnt from 7 projects that were considered as failures due to various reasons. The author also outlines reasons for project failures with some remedial actions. This is a very informative chapter as the project described are real and from different diversified areas.


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About the Reviewer


Masood Said, PMP

Lahore, Pakistan



 Engr. Masood Said, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, BS.C (Mech. Engr.; MS-IT; EMBA-HR Mngt.) is a Mechanical Engineer with over 35 years of Project Management Experience. He has worked in Pakistan and the Middle East on various Oil and Gas projects. He has been a member of PMI since 2002.  Presently he is a trainer for PMP®; PMI-RMP®; PMI-ACP® certification courses. He also advises companies on optimization and improvement in processes.  Based in Lahore, Pakistan, he also travels to Dallas, TX frequently and is a member of PMI Dallas Chapter.

Email address: MasoodSaid@hotmail.com


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