How to Fix a Broken Project in 3 Steps

How to fix a broken project in 3 steps

Do You Know How to Fix a Broken Project?
How to fix a broken project when it is clear that your project needs an upgrade or a complete turnaround can make or break a project and a career.

The More Complex a Project the Faster You Must Act
For most complex and mission critical projects, there is no time to wait and see how things will play out. Project leaders and project team members need to act before it is too late. You must bring the project team together, conduct a mid-term project post mortem, and figure out the next critical steps to recover and redirect priorities to get your project and your project team back on track.

Three Verified Tips to Fix a Broken Project
Here are three verified tips on how to fix a broken project when the bottom has fallen out…

#1.  Be straightforward.
It is far better for you as project leader to honestly uncover and acknowledge the worst than to have others fill in the blanks.  Lay out the current situation, the complications you face and be ruthlessly clear about the implications of not meeting project budget, quality and schedule expectations.

#2.  Be transparent.
Share the news with the entire project team and encourage questions, reflection and debate. Approach the problem not by assigning blame but by looking at possible solutions and areas for improvement that make sense within your specific organizational and team culture.

#3.  Be inclusive.
As in any productive brainstorming and continuous improvement session, be sure you solicit ideas from all project team members and stakeholders…not just the more vocal. You need to hear from all levels, all functions and all perspectives. An all-hands engagement is the best way to turn around a troubled project.

Want to learn more about how to fix a broken project? Download the Top 10 Project Management Mistakes and How to Prevent Them from Destroying Your Next Project

 

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