Situational Project Management: The Dynamics of Success and Failure, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Situational Project Management

The Dynamics of Success and Failure, 1st Edition

By Oliver F. Lehmann

Auerbach Publications

274 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 72 B/W Illus.

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Most project managers would agree that every project is unique. But not all project managers would agree that the best way to manage a unique project is unique. Many still cling to the old practice of having a methodology that is applied to all projects. "One size fits all" is still in common use, and this approach has proven to lead to project failure. Flexibility, situational intelligence, and creativity are essential to deliver project success.

The need to recognize and master ever-changing requirements and environmental conditions is a tough challenge for professional project managers. The same practices that led to success yesterday may cause failure today. Selecting favorable responses to a given situation is often the most critical factor of the dynamics of success and failure. This book is designed to help project professionals assess a situation, predict the appropriate approach, methodology and achieving styles, and then apply them in a situational fashion.

To guide project managers in selecting the appropriate responses, Situational Project Management (SitPM) shows how to assess a given project, determine its unique characteristics, and select the appropriate methods to complete the project. With this book, projects managers can use SitPM to develop profiles of their projects on the basis of the projects’ physical characteristics, the project teams’ behavioral characteristics, the enterprise environment, and the market environments receiving project deliverables. These profiles help project managers to determine the appropriate project life cycle approach and leadership style. The book also explores various ways to engage stakeholders on the basis of a project’s SitPM profile.

The book’s author, Oliver F. Lehmann, has developed a set of templates to apply SitPM in practice. It can be downloaded from


"A significant contribution to the project management body of knowledge." –Robert K. Wysocki, PhD, President, EII Publications, LLC

Table of Contents

The Situational View on Project Management

Introductory Questions

The Purpose of This Book

A Primer on Project Management

Project Management Today

How We Are Seen by Others

The Complex Dynamics of Success and Failure

Standardization and Certification in Project Management

Terminology Traps

Navigating between Monsters

Digging Deeper

Introductory Questions

A Major Distinction

What Is the Matrix?

The Economics of Attention

How Project Managers Learn

Game Theory for Project Managers—A Brief Introduction

A Typology of Projects

Introductory Questions

Best Practice Approaches vs. SitPM

A Research Project

Mark 1 Projects and Mark n Projects

Greenfield Projects and Brownfield Projects

Siloed Projects and Solid Projects

Blurred Projects and Focused Projects

High-Impact Projects and Low-Impact Projects

Customer Projects and Internal Projects

Stand-Alone Projects and Satellite Projects

Predictable Projects and Exploratory Projects

Composed Projects and Decomposed Projects

Further Types of Projects

Practices for SitPM

Introductory Questions

Lifecycle Approaches

Agile Approaches

Waterfall Approaches

Rolling Wave Approaches

Connective Leadership and Achieving Styles


Favorable and Detrimental Practices

Some Basic Tools for SitPM

Introductory Questions

Stakeholder Force-Field Analysis (StaFFA)

Benefit Engineering

Pressure-Free Estimating

Protective Change Request Management Process




PDM Network Diagramming

Situational Project Scheduling

Staged Response Diagram (SRD)

The Stakeholder Attitudes Influence Chart

Turturism, Private Settings and Leadership

Leadership and the Dynamics of Success and Failure

So, What Is Leadership?

As Project Leaders, What Should We Do?




About the Originator

About the Series

Best Practices in Portfolio, Program, and Project Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)