When i recovered the first project about ten years ago i did not know this kind of projects are called ‘troubled’. Couple of years latter i enrolled in a training called “Recovering troubled projects’ by PMI where the ‘Aha!” moment descended upon me: this is what i did! i recovered a troubled project! And the professional pride went up 10 points :).
The recovery of a troubled project is very much an emergency room type of execution:
1. assess the status of the project to identify reasons of failure and bottlenecks in both the internal and external environment;
2. based on the diagnosis, prepare and agree a recovery plan,
5. follow-through to the objective set. With a cake and a bottle of champagne, if that’s in order.
Recovering a troubled project requires twice the effort and the commitment on all sides: the team, the sponsor, the client. It requires trouble-shooters abilities. A project manager will also have to deal with a likely low-morale of the team, if the team is still there. Or a new team, with its own – unknown – dynamics.
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