What should you do when the project is going wrong?

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“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Sir Winston Churchill, British politician (1874 – 1965)

Do you have that feeling of going from one failure to another? Do you feel that all your projects are out of control? Your team is not performing?

We have a few ideas based on our six dimensional model, for checking out our projects, finding out what components are not working and getting everything back on track.

1. Knowledge:
What information is stored in your resource base? Is it being accessed and used? If not, then make it a priority to have all the key documents uploaded and let the team know they are there.

2. Skills:
Is everyone performing their role? Does every staff member regularly update the team on their activity? If not, go to the team member and be sure they make a substantial update. If they are unable to do this, find out what their training needs are, and provide them with support.

3. Values: When was the last time you updated the stakeholders or the team on progress?  If it has been a while, then you should send out your update soon.  Remember to include invitations for further discussion or clarification.

4. Learn: Check that the learning resources are being used? If not, ask the team what further resources would be of value to them at this point in the project.

5. People: When was the last time you acknowledged and rewarded the performance of team members and the team as a whole? It doesn’t have to be big, but regular acknowledgment and genuine thanks are important.

6. Integrate: Have you tracked the progress of your project. What have you noticed?  Are some aspects behind the time line, are some hardly started. You need to roll up your sleeves and get alongside any part of the project that is falling behind. Your team members need your help and support.

I have really enjoyed this article below, which gives a health check for projects.

5 Serious warning signals for projects.

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2 Responses to What should you do when the project is going wrong?

  1. Helen Martin says:

    Very sensible counsel.

  2. Pingback: Leading academic projects – A self-study unit | Dimension 6 New Zealand

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