In my previous blog posting "Seven Questions to Ask When Dealing with a Troubled Project" we examined the questions the project manager should ask when handed a troubled project. Let us now take a look at the possible actions one may initiate based on the answers received.
Answer #1 - This Project is Failing Due to a Poor Portfolio Management Decision
Actions you may consider:
- Cancel this project.
- Go back to the drawing board to change the project scope, timeline, budget, resources or timing to better fit company strategy, required project balance or to improve its value.
Answer #2 - We are Failing with the Project Scope
Actions you should probably take:
- Initiate proper requirements elicitation, analysis and documentation procedure. This action should be undertaken by the individuals specifically trained in requirements engineering.
- Ensure that the requirements document is written at a consistent and appropriate level of detail, provides an adequate basis for design and covers all possible alternatives and exceptions.
- Get rid of all the TBDs and ambiguous words in the requirements specifications document.
- Conduct walkthroughs, inspections and peer reviews with customers, technical team and an experienced project manager.
Don't forget to ask the following questions in order to renegotiate the project scope: