How to Rescue the Problem Project

Adriana Girdler

What to do when your project is falling off track There are tons of reasons why a project may be having problems and is in …

What to do when your project is falling off track

There are tons of reasons why a project may be having problems and is in major failure mode. If you’ve ever experienced this, or are experiencing it right now, the good news is that there are a few steps you can take to rescue a problem project.

But first, how do you even know if you have a problem project on your hands?

How to know if you have a problem project

There are a few common indications of a problem project.

Having a problem project often means having lots of conflict, having people involved in the project who won’t speak to each other, or being behind schedule or over budget.

The main point is that a problem project means that things aren’t going the way they should be, and you’re often left firefighting.

Don’t shy away

The better you get at understanding problem projects and how to handle them, the better you’ll be as a project manager. Remember: we learn through DOING, not just gaining knowledge.

You might hate conflict and problems (we all do), but the more you’re exposed to it, the more you need to fine-tune your skillsets of dealing with it.

Ensure you have the right support

You’ll need to go back to the basics and really ensure you have the right support for your project.

You need a steering committee, and a lot of the time, project managers don’t have a steering committee that is supporting them, backing them up, and giving them the approvals they need… And that’s why they have a problem project!

Yes, you have your team members, but your steering committee is just as important because they are the ones removing roadblocks and guiding you.

More strategies to rescue the problem project

There are several more steps you can take to rescue the problem project! Head over to YouTube with me and I’ll tell you all about it.

Want to lead every project to success? Make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement to SLAY your projects.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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