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Strategic Project Management

Strategic Project Management“Strategic Project Management: Contemporary Issues and Strategies for Developing Economies”. 2015. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. ISBN 9781482225129

Edited by Corlane Barclay and Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson, this wide-ranging book offers modern experiences, best practices and tools for individuals and teams working in projects spanning diverse environments in developing economies. It addresses the issues and challenges experienced in developing countries, and shows how effective project management practices can tackle them, with sustainable solutions.

Chapter 9 “Program management: Making strategy possible” was contributed by Dr Bruno Rafael Dias De Lucena, Prof Leonardo Lustosa, and Dr David Hillson, drawing on their wide experience of programs in Brazil and globally.

AMA Handbook of Project Management

AMA Handbook of Project Management“AMA Handbook of Project Management” (fourth edition). 2014. New York, NY, US: American Management Association. ISBN 978-0-8144-3339-3

David Hillson’s chapter on “Risk management in practice” (Chapter 15) has been revised and updated to reflect the latest thinking in project risk management, presenting key advice on the principles, process and practice.

Advances in Project Management

Advances in Project Management“Advances in Project Management: Narrated journeys in uncharted territory”. 2014. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Gower Publishing. ISBN  978-1-4724-2913-1

This book presents insights from authors of books in the two major Gower series on “Advances in PM” and “Fundamentals of PM”, edited by the series editor Professor Darren Dalcher. In Chapter 3 “Managing Risk in Projects: What’s New?”, David Hillson reviews the latest developments in the discipline, suggesting four areas where risks in projects can be managed differently and better.

IRM Risk Culture Reports

Everyone knows that risk culture is important but no-one seems to be clear about what it is, where it comes from, what a good one looks like, or how to get one. As a result the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) launched a project in 2012 to gather current leading thinking and practice on this vital topic. Drawing together subject-matter experts from a range of risk disciplines, IRM produced a full report offering guidance to risk practitioners, as well as a shorter report providing advice to Boards. David Hillson was a core member of the IRM team, producing one of the central chapters in the main report and outlining the main underlying principles of culture on which the IRM risk culture model is based.


Details of both reports are available from the IRM website. The summary report can be downloaded here, and the main report is available for free download for IRM members.


Project Risk Management: Past, present, future

Reviewing the past 25 years of project risk management from the perspective of nine former Chairmen of the APM Risk SIG, and offering their predictions for future developments.


David Hillson was Secretary of the APM Risk SIG from 1994-97, and went on to chair the SIG from 1998-2000. He has been actively involved with the SIG from soon after it started until the present day, and has known all the chairmen well. This unique volume was conceived by David as a contribution to the 40th anniversary of the APM, showing how risk management had changed over those years. David acted as editor for the volume, as well as writing a chapter with his own “view from the chair”.


Available for free download from APM website.

Gower Handbook of Project Management

Gower Handbook of Project Management” (5th Edition), edited by Rodney Turner.  2014. Farnham, UK: Gower Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4724-2296-5.

The Gower Handbook of Project Management presents current thinking on all aspects of project management, written by leading experts in their fields. David Hillson was invited to write the chapter on “Managing Risk” (Chapter 18), based on his wide experience with project risk management. David has made several innovative contributions to managing risk in projects which have been adopted into common practice, and this chapter puts them all together into a single description of how to address project risk effectively. 

Advising upwards

Advising Upwards"Advising upwards", edited by Lynda Bourne. 2011. Farnham, UK: Gower Publishing. ISBN 978-0-566-09249-7.


This book considers how essential information reaches management decision-makers – or not. David Hillson was invited to write a chapter on “Enterprise Risk Management: Managing Uncertainty and Minimising Surprise” (Chapter 2), explaining how to escalate risk information up the organisation based on the dual need for attention and action. Click here to read Chapter 2. 

Practice Standard for Project Risk Management

Practice Standard for Project Risk Management"Practice Standard for Project Risk Management". 2009. Philadelphia, PA, US: Project Management Institute. ISBN 978-1-933890-38-8


David Hillson was one of three subject-matter experts in project risk management who co-authored this key standard in the PMI portfolio. David contributed his wide expertise in managing risk in projects, as well as providing an international perspective to the PMI team.

Prioritising Project Risks

Prioritising Project Risks"Prioritising Project Risks". 2008. Princes Risborough, UK: Association for Project Management. ISBN 978-1-903494-27-1


David Hillson co-edited this short guide which offers a wide range of useful techniques to the practitioner who needs to decide which are the most important risks. In addition he contributed several specific techniques that he developed, drawing on his broad experience as a project risk specialist over many years.

APM members can download this guide free from the APM website

Interfacing Risk and Earned Value Management

Interfacing Risk and Earned Value Management"Interfacing Risk and Earned Value Management". 2008. High Wycombe, UK: Association for Project Management. ISBN 978-1-903494-24-0


This short guide explains how two established project control techniques can complement each other and improve the information available to management decision-makers. As a recognised risk expert who also has direct experience of using earned-value management on his projects, David Hillson contributed significantly to this guide, particularly focusing on how to reflect upside risk (opportunity) in management reserve and contingency.

APM members can download this guide free from the APM website