Chatting with our next author Dr Marco Garcia was always a tricky due to the time difference between South Africa and Mexico, where Marco was currently based whilst working on another large project. It became obvious early on that his skills and experience in large construction projects were highly sought-after globally. How lucky for readers that Marco has recently adapted & published the contents of his thesis on Amazon in both physical + digital editions for readers to enjoy. For those in the construction and project management space, a wealth of knowledge awaits in his pages – go get your copy now!

Your author name?

Dr Marco Garcia.

Your book title?

Failing Projects in the Modern World.

Give us the elevator pitch for your book?

Many construction projects fail today, not because of poor project planning, but because of poor project management and inefficient risk monitoring and control.

Successful construction project managers efficiently manage the numerous environmental, financial, socio-economic and technical risks that impede the work flow of the construction project, its scope, and its time and cost planning.

This book explores the factors that lead to efficient and inefficient risk management in the construction sector: It identifies the key risks associated with construction projects, the role and significance of risk management, the causes of project failure, and the strategies and approaches to risk management that minimize failure.

Its information is based on a review of the risks and risk management practices in the UK construction sector and a 2022 survey of 100 UK project managers’ views on factors that contribute to the failure of projects, such as scheduling-oriented challenges, resource scarcities and technological malfunctions, as well as methodologies and tools that contribute to the success of projects, such as the critical path method and Gantt chart technique, artificial intelligence and agile methodologies, including the scrum technology.

What would you give as your main reason or goal for writing?

To create the awareness around project management and inefficient risk monitoring and control.

Who was the book written for?

Anyone interested in Projects or Project Management in general.

How long did it take for you to finish the final draft of your book?

One year.

What makes this book different from others on the shelf?

It holds the accountable, accountable for poor project management in general, and make them think how to improve.

What was the hardest part of the writing journey for you?

Balancing writing the book while constructing projects at the same time.

Your favourite place to write?

I do a lot of thinking while playing golf. Out in nature, I feel inspired.

What kept you motivated to write during the times you felt stuck?

My family is my motivator.

Tell us something about yourself that readers would not be able to guess?

I like to paint.

Have you written any other books?

Yes, in final stages with my 1st motivational book.

Assuming you may not write full time, what is your day job?

I am a Project manager, traveling globally to complete Projects.

How should someone get in touch with you?