Rethinking Project Management


Book Review

Book Title:  Rethinking Project Management for a Dynamic and Digital World
Author: Darren Dalcher
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
List Price: $59.95 (Softcover), $150 (Hardcover)
Format: Soft Cover, 326 Pages
Publication Date: 2022
ISBN: 978-1-032-13311-9
Reviewer: Gauranga Deka, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC4
Review Date: January 2023



The book Rethinking Project Management for a Dynamic and Digital World is a collection of several thoughtful articles by 19 authors, many of which have been featured in the APM series of articles published earlier in the PM World Journal. The authors of the articles follow a practitioner path which combines theories with industry experience in various domains including construction, mining, lean production etc. In addition to conventional project management processes the book also touched upon the lean concept as well as the people aspect of project management in this digital era.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The content of the book is divided into 11 main areas. Each area contains two distinct perspectives, one is an introductory narrative that sets the scene & explain the context and the other is about new ideas/thoughts from a contemporary point of view. Overall, the book contains the following sections.


Rethinking the Future of Project Management by Darren Dalcher

Chapter 1: Quality

  • The Quest for Supreme Performance: Benchmarking to Save Lives by Darren Dalcher
  • Lean Quality in Construction Project Delivery – A New Model and Principles by John Oakland, Marton Marosszeky

Chapter 2: Communication

  • Communicating Beyond Our Hidden Assumptions by Darren Dalcher
  • Communicating Project Management: A Participatory Rhetoric for Development Teams by Benjamin Lauren

Chapter 3: Teams

  • From Teams and Teamwork to Teaming by Darren Dalcher
  • Leading Brainy Teams by Peter Cook

Chapter 4: Leadership

  • The Followership Advantage: Reconfiguring Leadership for Success by Darren Dalcher
  • Human-Centered Management: A Systematic Interrelation by Roland Bardy

Chapter 5: Life Cycle

  • Organizing for Project Work: Thinking Beyond Project Delivery by Darren Dalcher
  • The Project Framework: Understanding Gates and Stages by Robert Buttrick


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How to cite this review: Deka, G. (2023).  Rethinking Project Management for a Dynamic and Digital World, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/pmwj126-Feb2023-Deka-Rethinking-Project-Management-For-A-Dynamic-And-Digital-World-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Gauranga Deka

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Gauranga Deka, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC4 is a Senior IT Project Manager with expertise in building complex software solutions. Currently, he is a member of PMI Dallas Chapter. In last 20+ years, he has been leading critical roles in the development of very large, complex & mission critical software products in Banking/Financial Services Domain. He is well versed in Agile, Scaled Agile framework (SAFe) & Water fall model of software development process.

Gauranga Deka received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MANIT, Bhopal & Executive MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He can be contacted at G_deka@yahoo.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/gaurangadeka

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