As a project manager, it is crucial that you stay in precise control of several things and the subsidiary tasks involved in a project. So, what should you do if the core project falls apart? We know that this is one of the most dreaded situations a project manager could face, but as they say in project management, all things are possible! If you’re a certified PMP, you’re likely prepared for mitigating team and project management issues that arise.
Why should we plan for a recovery plan or a side strategy? Well, the answer to this would be that in life nothing always goes as we have planned. In order to avoid an ultimate crisis situation, you know as a project manager to plan ahead and attempt to be a fortune teller! It’s not usually an option to scrap a project, so you must learn to cater to the fallen dimensions in some way. Here are few ideas that may help you straighten out project discrepancies to some extent, however, every project has its own unique needs and therefore, it has to be adjusted accordingly.
Once a project management crisis has occurred, your first step would be to prepare a detailed analysis of the current situation, so once you have assessed the state precisely, you will have an idea about the required steps to correct the situation. You and your team must determine the problem that has been damaging your project and then you must discuss the possible risks and any available options to prevent it from happening again. Once you have discussed the recovery plan, you need to lay out clearly defined goals, tasks and assignments. In the midst of crisis, as the team leader, you need to show confidence and continue to offer reassurance to your team- sometimes easier said than done!
If you have been managing several teams as a project manager, you may divide different tasks or different steps in a single project and assign them to individual teams. This not only enhances the pace of work but also increases the team motivation level, as small goals or small steps gets completed the team feels more confident about the task.
PMCAMPUS offers several courses and bundles such as the 5 PDU Leadership and Motivation package that is focused on engaging the whole team and mobilizing them simultaneously. Our leadership PDU’s can help to make your project a considerable success by enhancing and adding to your skills as a project manager in terms of leadership ability and organizational skills. In the midst of crisis, as the team leader, you need to show confidence and continue to offer reassurance to your team- sometimes easier said than done!
What kinds of crisis’ have you faced as a project manager? What steps did you take to correct them? Leave a comment or tweet us about what you’ve done to fix a project management crisis!