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A Quick Strategy for Project Recovery

Posted by James Truesdale on November 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Projects will ebb and flow between good health and not so good health. Don't fret. The change in project status is healthy. However, as Project Managers, we are not always keen to see when our projects are moving into a "permanent" unhealthy state. Sometimes, not knowing can be a result of our unwillingness, to be frank about the status of our project's health. Occasionally, we are reluctant to give bad news about the project in hopes that we can turn things around. So, below are a few quick suggestions to get your project out of the ditch and back on to the road.

A project in yellow or red status should move into recovery mode as quickly as possible. Hence, a recovery plan must be written to capture the tasks necessary to address the issues to get the project back on track with regards to scope, schedule, and cost. A recovery plan should identify all of the work that has been completed. Evaluate the progress of that. With the team's assistance, uncover all work that is in scope that has not started and the work is necessary to complete the project. At this point, it may be essential to adjust the costs and schedule completion date of the project.

If the original project does not meet the scope, it will be necessary to develop a different plan to complete the project. Here, you should communicate any changes related to funding, schedule, or scope. The recovery plan should be discussed at least every other week until the actions outlined move the project into a healthier state.

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