We all try to keep our projects on track, but even with the best teams and the best plans, projects can sometimes get off track. So then what do you do - how do you get a project back on track? Instead of continuing down a path that was going anywhere, sometimes you need to go for a reboot. Forget what you did yesterday and just think what should we do today?
Here is a list of 6 steps from experts that can help you get your project back on track:
- Tap Internal Know-how - Get to know the people on the project. Lots of times they’re under-utilized.
- Broadcast the Urgency – Show the urgency and importance of the project, even if it means filling the refrigerator with caffeine drinks to help people work longer.
- Ask for Help - Going straight to the top when things head south can really help. Getting your executive involved can make a huge difference.
- Remind People Why the Project Matters - Make sure that the project has been represented to its participants not as a series of deadlines and tasks, but as something that’s going to serve a purpose.
- Understand Your Stakeholders - Doing so ensures that when a project hits bumps, the PMO will understand what motivates everyone, what they’re “ultimately looking for,” and therefore what the best resolution would be.
- Kill Early and Often – Really analyze that off track Project, figure out what’s wrong with it, and either get it back on track, put it on hold or kill it.
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