Troubled Projects and Regaining Control

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About the Course

This course provides a framework for proactively managing a project that is not performing within the range of acceptable tolerance limits and may be moving toward a possible failure. Warning signs of negative project trends are explored. An assessment process is introduced that emphasizes the importance of observations and recommendations based on verifiable facts. The recovery process implements a plan that returns the project to a realistic state within achievable and acceptable tolerance limits.

  • Concept of a “troubled” project and variance limits
  • Two-phase process for managing a troubled project 
  • Project assessment plan design and implementation
  • Document reviews and interviews
  • Project status observations and recommendations
  • Recovery plan for project components exceeding tolerance limits
  • Implementing the project recovery plan 
  • Short-term project rescue and project adjustments
  • Project recovery vs. project stabilization
  • Stakeholder engagement throughout the process

  • Examine how projects get into trouble and relate examples to workplace experiences
  • Create an assessment template for managing troubled projects in the workplace
  • Apply the assessment and recovery plan process to a troubled project case study
  • Share workplace project issues and questions for the instructor’s guidance and class discussion
  • Capture key course “take-aways” to help better assess and recover troubled projects