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How to Rescue a Sinking IT Project

You thought you were ready when you set out on your project management journey. You ran a risk analysis and charted your course perfectly. Now, an iceberg has been discovered in your blind spot, and your team is running for the lifeboats. Don’t despair! Bernadine Douglas offers us five options to bail out a sinking IT project.

1.Seek out your sponsors: They have probably seen a problem like this before and can offer advice and additional resources.

2.Consult with your team: It might be tempting to blame the customer, but instead focus everyone on finding a solution to the problem.

3.Rely on backup and supporting information: Now is the time to look at the risk and issues you’ve been monitoring to see where you went wrong. It’s never too early to start tracking potential problems.

4.Enlist outside resources: Sometimes you need to approach a fellow project manager for advice, or even consult an outside contractor.

5.Remember that a halt is an option: Taking a time out to assess the situation isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it’s much better than failure, and it could do you a lot of good in the long run.

You may hit some choppy patches with your project, but that doesn’t mean you have to go down like the Titanic. Just keep your lookouts ready with a plan for rough waters.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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