It’s September 2009, one year since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and Colin has just lost his job. Luckily, he is soon hired as a project manager in a big international investment bank, but quickly finds himself dealing with office politics, dodgy vendors, hostile project sponsors and the difficult task of managing across global time zones. Will his training and skills in project management help him to get this high-risk project over the line, or will his controversial attempts at turning the failing project around lead to his swift dismissal?
Through this compelling and suspenseful story, we learn about objective, professional project management and the difference between managing a project and managing a project management career. We are exposed to project management interview techniques. We learn, through Colin’s effective project management, through his mistakes and through the escalation of tension and conflict, about the essential ingredients that drive successful global projects and we learn the tricks of the trade from the inside.
The Project is an insider’s guide to developing a career in project management, written in the form of a novel. Insightful and entertaining, it guides the reader through the process of project management by telling the story of Colin’s time working in a global investment bank. This is the perfect book for anyone looking to develop a career in global project management.
David Power was born in Cork, Ireland and studied Finance Computing and Enterprise through Irish at Dublin City University. He completed his MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He has lived and worked in seven countries across four continents, mostly managing projects in global banks. He currently lives with his wife and two children in Zürich, Switzerland.