Striving for agile, adaptive teams and organisations is a growing trend in management education, and for good reason. Modern organisations operate in an environment of intense competitive pressure and technological uncertainty. No Surprises Project Management anticipated this trend and remains the best documented description of how pressure and uncertainty, when not addressed, combine to produce mediocre to poor performance. More importantly, No Surprises Project Management provides key principles and a system of practices for achieving excellent performance even in the most challenging high stakes environments. Nearly a decade after publication, the book is still praised for describing a manageable and replicable approach to helping teams and organisations succeed. The last 60 pages of the book contain detailed procedures and example templates.
Timm J. Esque is co-Founder and Partner of Ensemble Management Consulting. Timm helps complex project teams do what they say they are going to do, leading to faster delivery of higher quality products at lower cost. Many if not most technical projects at Intel Corporation (where Timm worked for 15 years) still begin with a project planning technique Timm helped develop called aa' A"Map Day.aa' A Timm has been in consulting practice since 1998. His work with project teams has been featured in Product Development Best Practices Report and Training Magazine. He has been cited as an expert on performance under pressure in the Wall Street Journal and quoted in many other publications.