Merrow, Edward W.

Leading Complex Projects: A Data-Driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management

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Quantitative analysis of outcomes vs PMs at the individual level

Leading Complex Projects takes a unique approach to post-mortem analysis to provide project managers with invaluable insight. For the first time, individual PM characteristics are quantitatively linked to project outcomes through a major study investigating the role of project leadership in the success and failure of complex industrial projects; hard data on the backgrounds, education, and personality characteristics of over 100 directors of complex projects is analyzed against the backdrop of project performance to provide insight into controllable determinants of outcomes. By placing these analyses alongside their own data, PMs will gain greater insight into areas of weakness and strength, locate recurring obstacles, and identify project components in need of greater planning, oversight, or control.

The role of leadership is to deliver results; in project management, this means taking responsibility for project outcomes. PMs are driven by continuous improvement, and this book provides a wealth of insight to help you achieve the next step forward.

  • Understand why small, simple projects consistently outperform larger, more complex projects
  • Delve into the project manager's role in generating successful outcomes
  • Examine the data from over 100 PMs of complex industrial projects
  • Link PM characteristics to project outcome to find areas for improvement

Complex industrial projects from around the world provide a solid basis for quantitative analysis of outcomes—and the PMs who drive them. Although the majority of the data is taken from projects in the petroleum industry, the insights gleaned from analysis are widely applicable across industry lines for PMs who lead complex projects of any stripe. Leading Complex Projects provides clear, data-backed improvement guidance for anyone in a project management role.


project management; project leadership; outcome analysis; post-mortem analysis; complex project outcomes; improving project outcomes; project management improvement; project management data; PM data; PM study; complex industrial project management; IPA; project failure; leading projects; project success factors; megaproject management; project performance; megaproject performance; complex project performance; project director characteristics; petroleum development PMs; industrial project leadership; Leading Complex Projects: A Data-Driven Approach to Mastering the Human Side of Project Management; Edward W. Merrow

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