Como fazer grandes coisas: The Surprising Factors that Determine the Fate of Every Project from Home Renovations to Space Exploration, and Everything in Between

Translated title of the contribution: How Big Things Get Done

Bent Flyvbjerg, Dan Gardner

Research output: Book / Anthology / Report / Ph.D. thesisBookResearch

Abstract

The secrets to successfully planning and delivering ambitious, complex projects on any scale—from home renovation to space exploration—by the world's leading expert on megaprojects. Nothing is more inspiring than a big vision that becomes a triumphant, new reality. Think of how the Empire State Building went from a sketch to the jewel of New York's skyline in twenty-one months, or how Apple’s iPod went from a project with a single employee to a product launch in eleven months. These are wonderful stories. But most of the time big visions turn into nightmares. Remember Boston’s “Big Dig”? Almost every sizeable city in the world has such a fiasco in its backyard. In fact, no less than 92% of megaprojects come in over budget or over schedule, or both. The cost of California’s high-speed rail project soared from $33 billion to $100 billon—and won’t even go where promised. More modest endeavors, 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 life’s work of Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg, dubbed “the world’s leading megaproject expert.” In How Big Things Get Done, he identifies the errors in judgment and decision-making that lead projects, both big and small, to fail, and the research-based principles that will make you succeed with yours. For example: Understand your odds. If you don't know them, you won't win. Plan slow, act fast. Getting to the action quick feels right. But it's wrong. Think right to left. Start with your goal, then identify the steps to get there. Find your Lego. Big is best …
Translated title of the contributionHow Big Things Get Done
Original languagePortuguese
PublisherCitadel Grup Editorial
Number of pages373
ISBN (Print)978-65-5047-385-3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2023

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