You know the scene. The team has tried to get back on the plan but everything seems to be going disastrously off the rails and no one quite knows why. The budget is shot, the team is disorganized and the finger-pointing has begun. Senior executives meet in a fact-finding effort to identify the problem and hope to find a solution.
If this were a movie, this is when a stranger walks in with sage advice that cuts through the fog and brings clarity to the situation. If this is your company, it is where a savvy consultant comes in and tells you which of three things went awry in the project, and what the next course of action can be…
Continue reading and learn how projects go off the rails!
Ways projects can become problems
There are typically three key ways a project goes bad, and hear some thoughts on how to avoid or solve these problems moving forward.
- It wasn’t defined well. Define the project so you know what it is, and more importantly what it is not. If you’re well into the project, step back and define it now. Do it in 25 words or less.
- Plan it well down to two-week increments out six months (it can be more granular after that). The more granular the plan, the more people need to understand the details sufficient to where the issues are or are going to be. Plan it as a team so the entire team owns it, not just the project manager. The project manager must hold the team accountable.
- Manage the scope creep. That’s only possible if the first two steps have been taken. So if something gets added, you need to be able to define the impact of the project and then decide whether or not that is acceptable for the project. What often happens with scope creep is many small changes sneak into the project. And contrary to popular opinion, it is not the marketing team that causes the most scope creep. It is usually the engineering team… If allowed to go unchecked, your project will never get done.
These drive 95% of the issues that cause a project to go off the rails. To get back on track you must redefine, re-plan, and brilliantly manage your project. Contact the Waddell Group today
Contact the Waddell Group
Waddell Group is called when projects grow problematic. Whether your organization faces a recall, requires a technology transfer, or suffers from low performance, Waddell Group’s leaders are prepared to provide predictable success. Contact the Waddell Group to get started with world-class project managers today. Call 952.221.3333