Free Book 

That’s right – after three years of steady sales, Whitcoulls Ltd, New Zealand book-sellers, tell me that local demand for my “Managing Murphy” textbook is flagging.  Bugger, no more orders.  I’ll have to postpone retirement, write another book or even get a real job.  But rather than face the ignominy of a fire sale, I thought that you, my blog readers, would appreciate a free copy of this book while its content remains current.  Yeah – today’s technical books, unlike history books, have a diminishing half-life as new ideas flourish exponentially.  Actually, that’s not entirely true – history too is frequently rewritten.


This free book comprehensively explores the subject of contemporary project risk management.  There’s more here than most people would ever wish to know, but it might look good on your desk when the boss or risk-averse clients visit.  Anyway, please hit right here for your full colour copy.  Load up the printer with 432 pages of pristine white A4 paper if you intend to produce a hard copy.  Best do so using the paper and photocopier at your place of work, which is surely justified since part of everyone’s job is to manage projects – and big or small they all harbour risk that needs to be managed.  In fact, you would be irresponsible not to have this book on hand.  Let me know if the book is useful.  If you on-sell it, remember some koha for the writer pictured above in his office producing this very article.   When bound the hard copy might also help to solicit a confession or provide a most effective doorstop.

Managing Murphy

Risk management is one of today’s hottest topics. Most industries are now highly competitive and the project management mantra is faster, cheaper, better. With these pressures come risk.

Good risk management or poor risk management can mean the difference between project success and project failure. Good risk management allows us to respond proactively to risk and also allows us to react better to those risks that do occur.


Experience has shown that risk management must be of critical concern to all project managers, as unmanaged or unmitigated risks are a primary cause of project failure. Unfortunately, many managers and project managers believe risk management to be too difficult, too time consuming, or too complicated to perform. However, such concerns are unfounded and there is no doubt that successful risk management will greatly add to the probability of project success.

This book is a welcome and timely addition to the literature on risk management and will be of particular interest to those involved in project management. The author demystifies the topic and describes a standard framework for integrating risk management into the management of our projects.

“I just wanted to say what a gem your book is. I was browsing in Whitcoulls while waiting for a car repair, looking through the business section … amid all the usual American Dream Reach for the Skies Work 4 hours a week and get rich quick bullshit (excuse my French), I found yours. Full of realistic, valuable, detailed information from real-world experience. Refreshing. And I like the “All Blecks” pizza delivery from the Var Merwe ….” ~ Rob Scovell (26 March 2012)

To whet your appetite, the introduction to this book and the first chapter are here.

The Framework

My aim in writing this book is to describe clearly and in detail, a straightforward, easy to follow framework for the successful management of projects across all industries and organisations – big or small – from project conception to completion.  The Framework offers a roadmap for successfully delivering projects and their associated benefits.

The methodology described in this book is designed to accomplish project work in less time, at a lower cost, with fewer resources, without loss in quality, and to the satisfaction of key interest groups.

Jim contends that projects are critical to the growth and success of any organisation. Project management should therefore be a core competency and source of benefit to the whole organisation.

The topics in this third edition relate closely to the Project Management Institute’s body of knowledge. Thus, readers have assurance that they are learning the discipline largely as defined by its foremost professional body.

The Framework is now in its third edition.  However, you can download the second edition here for free. Download here.



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