Risk Management

What Happens When You Can’t Commit to the Project?

There is a sense of euphoria and pride when you are able to see a project from its humble beginning stages to its culmination. Unfortunately, maybe due to having too many other assignments to focus on, this often is not the norm in today’s project management. Brad Egeland explores effective tactics for how to hang on to projects you believe in, and the best way to let go of projects you have little say over.

Love or Let Go

If the project is important to you, prove it! Negotiate with your senior manager and illustrate to them why you are a crucial member of the team. Acquire definitive evidence from clients in the form of feedback and exude confidence and enthusiasm for the project. These behaviors will make it more arduous for senior management to take you off the project.

If you must leave a project, do it on your own terms, on your own time. Be sure to leave everything in order and help choose a suitable replacement. Especially ensure that you leave on good terms with the customer. There is a probable chance that you will one day need to face this customer again. Down the road there may be a project that you desperately want to work on for this customer and they will probably not look too favorably on you if you leave on poor terms. You also want to keep professionalism a priority; it is simple etiquette.

Passion is Key

In conclusion, sometimes you must turn over your project and move on to another. If it is something you are passionate about, fight for it and demonstrate your value to the project. But always remember that if you must go, leave on amicable terms.

You can read the original article here: https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/seeing-the-project-through-to-the-end.php

Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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