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How Big Things Get Done (häftad)

How Big Things Get Done

The Surprising Factors Behind Every Successful Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration

Häftad,  Engelska, 2024-04-04
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Best Books of 2023 in The Financial Times Shortlisted for Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year 2023 Important, timely, instructive and entertaining Daniel Kahneman, bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow 'Entertaining . . . compelling . . . there are lessons here for managers of all stripes' The Economist World expert Bent Flyvbjerg and bestselling author Dan Gardner reveal the secrets to successfully planning and delivering ambitious projects on any scale. Nothing is more inspiring than a big vision that becomes a triumphant new reality. Think of how Apples iPod went from a project with a single employee to an enormously successful product launch in eleven months. But such successes are the exception. Consider how Londons Crossrail project delivered five years late and billions over budget. More modest endeavours, whether launching a small business, organizing a conference, or just finishing a work project on time, also commonly fail. Why? Understanding what distinguishes the triumphs from the failures has been the lifes work of Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg. In How Big Things Get Done, he identifies the errors that lead projects to fail, and the research-based principles that will make yours succeed: - Understand your odds. If you dont know them, you wont win. - Plan slow, act fast. Getting to the action quick feels right. But its wrong. - Think right to left. Start with your goal, then identify the steps to get there. - Find your Lego. Big is best built from small. - Master the unknown unknowns. Most think they cant, so they fail. Flyvbjerg shows how you can. Full of vivid examples ranging from the building of the Sydney Opera House to the making of the latest Pixar blockbusters, How Big Things Get Done reveals how to get any ambitious project done on time and on budget.
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Important, timely, instructive and entertaining. What more could you ask for? -- Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and author of <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> A wise, vivid and unforgettable combination of inspiring storytelling with decades of practical research and experience -- Tim Harford, bestselling author of <i>How to Make the World Add Up</i> Entertaining . . . compelling . . . there are lessons here for managers of all stripes * Economist * Full of delicious anecdotes about project management disasters . . . Flyvbjerg and co-author Gardner succeed in extracting valuable lessons from these failures and some occasional successes -- <i>Financial Times</i>, 'FT business books: What to read this month' Having researched the properties of planning errors, I am confident that nobody has studied the topic more broadly and deeply than Bent Flyvbjerg. His focus ranges from Olympic Games to the renovation of your dog house -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, and author of <i>The Black Swan</i> My only complaint about this book is that it wasnt written earlier. It distills decades of systematic research from thousands of projects. The result is a crystal-clear pattern of surprising reasons why almost all big human projects fail to deliver as expected -- Ola Rosling, bestselling co-author of <i>Factfulness</i> The best scientific advice on project planning. It is arguably the bargain of the century. For a few dollars you can tap into thousands of dollars of insights in executive-education classrooms -- Philip Tetlock, bestselling co-author of <i>Superforecasting</i> A truly fascinating read. Theres a practical pay-off, too: a toolbox with eleven smart heuristics for better project leadership that every planner should know -- Gerd Gigerenzer, author of <i>Gut Feelings</i>

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Bent Flyvbjerg is a professor at Oxford University, an economist, and the worlds leading megaproject expert, according to global accounting network KPMG. He has consulted on over one hundred projects costing $1 billion or more and has been knighted by the Queen of Denmark. Dan Gardner is a journalist and the New York Times bestselling author of Risk, Future Babble and Superforecasting (with Philip E. Tetlock). Together they have written How Big Things Get Done.