Encouraging creativity and innovation is what will propel your business forward. However, not every idea will produce results, and sometimes these “sandbox” projects need to be abandoned. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides some insight about how to move forward after failure. There are seven things to keep in mind when cleaning up a failed sandbox project:
- Have a strategy.
- Research what went wrong.
- Utilize what is left.
- Look at the team.
- Reallocate staff and budget.
- Move on.
Washing Away the Castle
You should have a strategy in place to end a project that is destined to fail. This strategy will help to end things as quickly as possible and communicate with the stakeholders what went wrong.
Why did this project fail? Could the failure have been prevented? Looking into what went wrong after the project has ended can shed some light on what can be improved for next time. When a project fails, there are still elements that can be taken away. Be sure to look at the remaining pieces of the failed project because there just might be a useful tool or inspiration for the next great endeavor.
Sometimes projects fail because they were aiming towards the wrong achievement. A little redirection may set your project on the correct path of success. There are other times in which nothing is wrong with the project other than a poor mix of people on the team. If the right chemistry is not created, even the best project will fail. When there is no hope of salvation, then the team and budget should be reallocated to other departments immediately. The idea of the sandbox project is to work continuously, so when one sandbox ends, another should begin.
You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/7-tips-for-cleaning-up-after-a-failed-sandbox-project/