PM Notebook
A Simple Set of Steps to Organize Your Recovery Activities
Bill Hoberecht - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.          

When your project strays off course and it looks like you will not complete as planned, you are in a jeopardy situation. In most serious situations, the project will benefit by using a Jeopardy process in which the team has been trained and with which the team is familiar.  This approach lets the team focus on resolving the problem and reduces the effort spent in determining how to structure the resolution actions.

Read more: Presentation - Resolving a Project Jeopardy

Avoiding Problems by Applying a Jeopardy Management Discipline
Bill Hoberecht - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is bad enough for a Project Manager when a project encounters a problem - but often that is just the start of distressing conversations with project stakeholders. The key to surviving this mess is recognizing the types of conversations that loom ahead and then avoiding the destructive deliberations while consciously giving preference to worthwhile discussions. One valuable tool that can help in the most serious of situations is a disciplined approach to jeopardy notification and planning.  

Read more: Jeopardy Management - Bad News about Your Project - Seven Conversations about the Same Thing

Your Stakeholders Will Have Many Questions Before Agreeing to a Delay
Bill Hoberecht - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As the project manager you have more information than anyone else about the project status, and you’ve just concluded that the project will not complete on time.  You’ve initiated all of the proper discovery, investigation and replanning activities, and now it is time to secure approval for the new schedule.  Your stakeholders are a tough group and will want to ensure that everything has been done to prevent a schedule slip.  This article reminds you about the mindset of stakeholders that don’t want the schedule to move out.  The included checklist will help you prepare for discussions with your stakeholders.

Read more: Jeopardy - Announcing a Schedule Slip - How to Break the Bad News