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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Managing Wayward Projects

Restarting wayward projects

Many management roles revolve around projects—a work structure that can be easy to understand but difficult to master. The first tip this week addresses a crucial aspect of project management: what to do when you lose momentum.

Projects occasionally falter or reach a standstill. They might even be formally paused by management so a team can focus on higher–priority initiatives. Whatever the reason, if you’re running the show when your project stops making progress, it might be time to restart the project.

The key to a successful project restart isn’t just realigning resources and rethinking goals and deadlines. How you sell the restart and communicate with its stakeholders is critical to your success, and I’ll provide you with several specific tactics for managing this process that you can start using immediately.

I’ll also share a few rules to help you keep your project meetings on target—in other words, short and productive.

Watch this week’s movies to manage your next project restart with ease, and check back next week for more Management Tips.

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