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3 Smart Moves to ‘Assume Control’ of an Ongoing Project

There is nothing as exciting for a project manager as starting a new project with fresh ideas in mind and objective to deliver a successful outcome. However, as you acquire enough experience in the field of project management, you will be called upon to ‘assume control’ of an ongoing project.

In this article at Project, Kevin Korterud and his fellow authors share the real picture of handling an ongoing project.

Assuming Responsibility

The situation arises due to two reasons, one might be a consequence of a recent promotion or a big hike while the other may indicate your lack of progress witnessed by the higher-ups. In both situations, the pressure will be high on your shoulders and you must do and undo a lot of tasks in the project process. Here are some productive tips to save you from ‘loss of project control’:

  • Never Assume: The existing project status may enlighten you with the temper of the project, but may not reveal the essential moves required to succeed. You may not get the benefit of a thorough mobilization and initiation. But be mentally prepared to encounter hidden or under-mitigated risks, stakeholder challenges, and unforeseen dependencies to block your way. Thereby, instead of making assumptions, review the existing work without fail and reforecast the remaining work.
  • Match the Team to the Outstanding Work: Post the reforecast, compare the factors against the capabilities and bandwidth of the existing project team. Review the requisite skills and team members available to perform the remaining task in hand. Examine the existing resources by project phase which must include individual team members, team leads, and even the third-party suppliers.
  • Frequently Engage the Most Accountable Stakeholders: Following the myriad stakeholders involved in the existing project, would be difficult to pick a starting point. The conventional approach is to start with the most senior stakeholder, however, the best approach would be to start with the most accountable stakeholder. This person may help you counter the existing or upcoming challenges on the basis of his knowledge and experience of the initial phase of the project.

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