Learn to evaluate the ways to get a project back on track.
- A project is a balancing act where you try to keep all the plates spinning. For scope, schedule, cost, quality, and sometimes other measures. Of course, how you get a project back on track, depends on many factors. In this video, I'll discuss how to evaluate and implement your options when your project goes off course. First, consider solutions you can authorize.
That way you can proceed with your changes without asking for permission. For example, if you shuffle task assignments to complete work more quickly, or at lower cost, you don't affect anyone outside the project. You can reassign without waiting for someone to say okay. Next, if you don't have enough authority, ask stakeholders for approval.
Options like lengthening the schedule, increasing the budget, or reducing scope typically require approval from the customer, stakeholders, or management team. If you ask for permission, be ready to present one or more recommendations along with the pros and cons of each one. You also have to be ready to answer questions about the solution you recommend and the other solutions you considered, but ruled out.
Finally, if your organization runs a portfolio of projects, you might have to go beyond your project stakeholders. For example, if you need people from other projects or contingency funds, you'll probably have to go to the management team to ask for the people or money you need. No matter how well you manage your projects, they'll go off track from time to time. Don't panic.
By evaluating your options and asking for help effectively, you can get the support you need. If a project is in deep trouble, more drastic measures are called for. To learn how to dig a project out of a deep hole, I recommend Bob McGannon's course, Rescuing Troubled Projects.
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
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- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
Project Management Foundations: Communicationwith Doug Rose1h 47m Appropriate for all
Project Management Foundations: Budgetswith Bob McGannon1h 11m Appropriate for all
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
How to develop requirements4m 19s
4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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