I was part of a global rollout of a solution 12 years ago. At the time of the rollout we were doing new technologies and replacing old technologies and things weren’t flowing as smoothly as they could have.
In a meeting one of the team members from Boston used the famous quote “communicate, communicate, communicate” when asked how we could get the project back on track.
That is one method for getting a project off the rocks.
What others work? I know that I’ve worked with various PjM’s over the years. They believe (and rightly so) that the overall approach of a plan driven solutoin will keep the solution on track.
That is another approach – doesn’t work as well if the proejct starts off, off. But if you start with a plan you do quickly see when you are in fact, off.
Its too bad there isn’t a GPS for projects :-).
It all comes down to the concept that I heard once in a Microsoft Solutions Framework class, no project ever got 6 months off track, in one day. If, the project got off track by 6 months, it happened over the course of the project. Which comes back to the concept of communications.
If the communications structure in a project doesn’t work, the project will eventually fail. It’s a two way street (communications) and there are a number of characters that will impact that communication.
I talked about the pirate, people who don’t listen, dancing bears and a variety of communication patterns that cause projects to have issues. There is also the hoarder, a person who doesn’t communicate with anyone else, excpet for what the hoarder believes that person needs to know.
Seems to me, the advice I got years ago still stands. “Communicate, Communicate, Communicate”.
Just remember that communication, is a two WAY street.