Your must deliver value to all parties while maintaining scope, schedule and cost requirements.
You know an IT project is in trouble when the customers – either internal or external – start checking in frequently for status updates, and you find that you have little in the way of fresh news to offer them. Or maybe you’re not halfway finished, but you’ve blown through most of the budget. Or your team has concluded that you’ll never approach the level of quality or realize the scope needed to be successful. 25% of endangered projects are canceled outright, according to Todd Williams, a senior project audit and recovery specialist. Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries to successfully revive failing projects. In his book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (Amacom/Available now), Williams looks at the reasons projects to fail, including inadequate tools and problematic people. An effective project doctor needs to be prepared to address both types of problem. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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