The web site for Robert Buttrick and Project Workout Limited.
The web site for Robert Buttrick and Project Workout Limited
The web site for Robert Buttrick and Project Workout Limited


As well as being a successful business author, Robert has worked daily with these challenges within large, global organisations, meeting many of the problems of implementing a projects approach "in the real world". His advice is therefore built on practical experience, where we know perfection is not an option.

Many organisations can run one or two projects at a time . . . and probably do them very well. However, when it comes to running tens, hundreds or even thousands of projects at a time, the normal “silo -based” company organization fails.  This is where Project Workout can really help, by showing how enterprise-wide accountabilities and practice can simplify cross-company working and increase the likelihood of business success considerably.

Robert's approach follows that advocated in his books, taking a holistic view, ensuring that your culture, structures, processes and systems are fully integrated and compatible: Culture informs the way we behave towards each other; Structure sets who is accountable to whom and for what; Process adds consistency, where consistency adds value; Systems make it cheaper, quicker, scalable or more reliable.

Advice and consulting

Providing consultancy services and advice on portfolio, programme and project management across all sectors.

Methods and standards

Developing standards and methods, tailored to suit your needs and circumstances.

Books, articles and white papers

Writing specialist content for your publications, ensuring you have the latest and most relevant thinking.

Conferences, seminars and workshops

Available to present at your public or private events, ensuring the messages you need are put across simply and practically.

Lecturing and course content

Designing course content to meet your needs for your on-line training, for you to present or us to present for you.

Coaching and mentoring

"Teaching you to fish", rather than "giving you a fish", so you can be self sufficient and self-improving in project management.

ICI Limited - Chairman, Peter Ellwood CBE

The Project Workout introduces ways of thinking and working which deal with uncertainty and risk by providing a practical, top to bottom guide to making business-led project management work for you and your organisation.

British Airways - Chief Executive, Rod Eddington

Thank you very much for coming to speak at our Programme Management conference - we got a lot of positive feedback from your presentation and were delighted that you were able to give participants solid information based on what you had learned from your experiences - both the good and the "developmental"!

Lend Lease - Greg Clarke, CEO

This book is all about the hard business issues of increasing customer satisfaction, creating a happier workforce and ultimately increasing profits. I commend it to all leaders who lie awake at night struggling with these issues

Cable and Wireless - Manoj Parmar, Director of Governance & Control

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob for the enormous contribution that he has made in establishing the entire projects arena within Cable & Wireless and has in many respects taken us to a degree of excellence and world class procedures that is the envy of many leading organisations.

CITI - Christopher Worsley, CEO

The Project Workout is compulsory reading for all consultants who need to demonstrate excellence in project management and is a credit to Robert; we recommend it to all our delegates.

Kapa’a Associates, USA - Robert H. Stambaugh , President,

The Project Workout is subtitled “A Toolkit for Reaping the Rewards From All Your Business Projects.” Overall, his book lives up to its subtitle; it’s one of the best introductions to managing behaviour and dealing with culture in organisations I've seen in a long time, and the lessons it delivers offer insights for veteran HRIS professionals and managers as well as first-time project leaders. It's comforting to see that someone has prepared an easy-to-read, easy-to-apply primer that contains knowledge about how its done, not just information about doing it.

Robert Heller – one of the UK’s top management gurus

Robert's Project Workout is an invaluable, lucid and practical guide to a crucial area of management, which has been crying out for the treatment it receives in these pages.

BAE Systems

The Project Workout is the best "project management in one book" volume we have found. Practical, nicely laid-out and fun. Useful for reference.

MGM Assurance - David Pain - Director and Assistant General Manager

The help you have provided so far has been invaluable and now we have a fair idea of how to take the project forwards.

The Goldratt Institute - Oded Cohen

The Project Workout explains the "why" and underlines the "how". It is an important book, taking a leading role in growing a new generation of professional project managers.

Unilever - Duncan Haughey

Having read many books on the subject of programme and project management over the years I must say that 'The Project Workout' is the first I would recommend to my PM colleagues and I do.

Thomsett Associates - Australia

I made your ”Project Workout” a set text for the Australian Computer Society's Creditation in Project Management. There are not many of us exploring new paradigms of project management. At last we are seeing some project management books that we are prepared to recommend. Buttrick's approach to project management reflects our Third Wave model in that it discusses stakeholders well and breaks the "iron triangle" of requirements, deadlines and budget into a more realistic discussion on quality and, wait for it, benefits. A very good and highly recommended text.

Amanda Clack – Partner, Hornagold & Hills writes in Project, the magazine of the Association for Project Management.

This book (Project Workout) is a must for every student of project management and should form a key text for those undertaking formal methods of study in project management – there are not many books like this one available on the shelf.

Strategic Project Solutions

This is the only book that I have encountered that adequately explains the Stage (or Phase) gating framework.

From a reader in Boston, MA, USA (

I have spent the last year looking for good project management books. I have found several good ones; however, the Project Workout surpasses them all for usability and practicality. If your projects are not overly technical, this could be the only PM book you need. (If your projects have a significant technical component, take a look at Visualizing Project Management for its description of the technical part of projects. But still look at this one for its practicality and directness.)


If you are thinking of getting in a project management methodology to run a big change initiative and paying consultants a fortune to re invent the wheel then the Project Workout will save you thousands.

From California USA

Superb book for PM processes and PMO: Mike Tarrani from Tustin, CA USA This is one of the few books that covers project management as a coherent process while providing detailed guidance for enterprise-level program management.

Azusa, California, USA

A rare gem - Linda Zarate from Azusa, CA United States.This is one of the most business-focused books on project management that you can read. Where other books go into techniques that are specific to project planning, scheduling and control, this one ensures that business issues are interwoven into each element of project management.

A project manager from Salisbury, UK

Good book for underpinning knowledge of PM at all levels. As a Project Manager I found it to be extremely useful in assisting me to coach/mentor others. Particularly useful for explaining the use of techniques/methodologies. Obviously written by a practitioner rather than an academic. (Source

A project manager from UK

Essential reading for practising project managers An excellent and pragmatic perspective on the realities of project management. Written in an easy to read format, this book provides a generic project management methodology, complimented by a series of project document templates and heath check exercises to ensure that a project is in control. Essentially it is a book written for practising managers rather than a theoretical approach to project management. (Source:

Priit Parmakson, Assnt Prof of Operations Management - Estonia

Concordia International University Estonia. I'm going to teach an e-learning course using the Project Workout as a textbook. Upon first, quick reading, I want to praise the excellent design of the book. As for content, on first glance, I have found a number of concepts new and attractive to me: the "Have a quick look--have a closer look" model, your treatment of risks and opportunities, the inclusion of a quote from PM software company (their lack of PM!). I'm looking forward to a good course experience.

Project Workout News

In search of project management principles - a new paper.  See the NEWS and Videos pages.


Confused about standards and methods? Download the update to Appendix C of The Project Workout. See the NEWS page.


Articles on 'agile' and on portfolio, programme and project management published. See the NEWS page.


Editor's Choice Award for article on governance. See the NEWS page.


An interview on programme management and two new articles on portfolios and programmes published.

See the NEWS page to download them.


ISO 21502 launched - update to The Project Workout released

The latest international standard on project management was launched at the end of December 2020.  Read about it here.


The Programme and Portfolio Workout, 1st edition launched! Read all about it and look at the introductory videos and companion website


More detail see our NEWS page!


See the Project Workout blog covering a wide range of project management topics.

Companion website

Access the companion website to the The Programme and Portfolio Workout and the 5th edition of The Project Workout, including interactive process model and downloadable supporting documentation.

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