The performance of megaprojects is questionable, and a large percentage of them fail in one dimension or another. The challenges that contribute to these failures are known. Then why do these projects still fail at a high rate? Leading Megaprojects: A Tailored Approach examines the challenges facing megaprojects and, more importantly, successes in delivering megaprojects.

To close the performance gaps in megaproject deliveries, the book presents a customizable model that professionals and organizations can use to increase the chance of successful project delivery. To illustrate the model, it uses examples and case studies, primarily from capital projects, with engineering and construction components. The book also explains how the approach can be applied to all projects, regardless of industry or domain.

The book emphasizes the role of leadership because it takes the point of view that megaprojects cannot be successful without great leadership due to their massive size, complexity, number of parties and stakeholders involved, and cost, among other vital factors. Leaders can define the path for a megaproject to guide seasoned managers and project managers to successful closure.

The tailored approach is based on a stage-gate project life cycle model, which covers projects from concept to success. However, it is not limited to a purist form of traditional project management. It is a tailored methodological approach, with an emphasis on leading the work, end-to-end, at the project level, along with the management of every stage of the project. Also, it presents the integration of the business, product delivery, and operations management into a cohesive approach. The book concludes with an in-depth simulation showing how the model is can be tailored to deliver a megaproject successfully.

part A|236 pages

Current Reality to Tailored Approach

section Section I|41 pages

Setting the Scene

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages

Book Introduction

chapter Chapter 2|20 pages

Relevant Definitions

chapter Chapter 3|6 pages

The Literature Review

chapter Chapter 4|3 pages

Professional Associations

section Section II|43 pages

The Challenges—Current State of Practice

chapter Chapter 5|8 pages

Observed Challenges

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

Insights from the Global Community

chapter Chapter 7|10 pages

A Tale of Two Megaprojects

chapter Chapter 8|5 pages

Other Case Studies

chapter Chapter 9|3 pages

Section II Summary and Closing

section Section III|35 pages

Critical Concepts for Megaproject Leadership

chapter Chapter 10|6 pages

The Critical Concepts, Overview

chapter Chapter 11|7 pages

Leading Practices and Considerations

chapter Chapter 12|11 pages

Organizational Competence and Capacity

chapter Chapter 13|4 pages

Mega: Projects, Programs, Assets

chapter Chapter 14|3 pages

Section III Closure

section Section IV|114 pages

The Tailored Approach for Megaproject Development

chapter Chapter 15|5 pages

Introduction to the Tailored Approach

chapter Chapter 16|10 pages

Critical Success Factors

chapter Chapter 17|15 pages

Integrated and Applied Project Management

chapter Chapter 18|9 pages

CAMMP™ for Megaprojects

chapter Chapter 19|32 pages

CAMMP™ MP: Concept to Success

chapter Chapter 20|29 pages

Stage Management Processes and Functions

chapter Chapter 21|8 pages

The People Aspects of Megaproject Leadership

part B|123 pages

The Simulation

section Section I|11 pages

The Project

chapter Chapter 22|3 pages

The Integrated City Megaproject

chapter Chapter 23|5 pages

Guide to Part B

section Section II|35 pages

The Discovery Phase

chapter Chapter 24|1 pages

Introduction to the Phase*

chapter Chapter 25|4 pages

The Concept Stage

chapter Chapter 26|27 pages

Feasibility and Shaping Stages

section Section III|46 pages

The Development Phase

chapter Chapter 27|2 pages

Introduction to the Phase

chapter Chapter 28|17 pages

Requirements Stage

chapter Chapter 29|7 pages

Master Plan Stage

chapter Chapter 30|11 pages

Strategy Stage

chapter Chapter 31|4 pages

Preliminary Engineering Stage

section Section IV|29 pages

The Delivery Phase

chapter Chapter 32|2 pages

Introduction to the Phase

chapter Chapter 33|4 pages

Implementation Stages

chapter Chapter 34|3 pages

Operational Readiness Stages

chapter Chapter 35|3 pages

Close Stage

chapter Chapter 36|6 pages

Part B Closure

chapter Chapter 37|7 pages

Call for Action