The Moving Train

Brad Egeland

In the current world of project management--at least in the organizations that I’ve led projects for--it’s just as likely that you’ll jump on a moving project or turn one over to another PM for a new assignment as it is that you’ll actually see a project through from inception to conclusion. It’s nice to have that feeling of accomplishment that comes from seeing something all the way through to a successful end, but the reality is that won’t always be the case.

Knowing this, you need to be thinking about what you need--as the incoming project manager--to get up to speed fast on a project. Don’t rely on the outgoing PM to tell you everything you need to know. They may be already consumed with a new assignment, disgruntled because they didn’t get to keep this assignment or gone already because they were fired or left the company for another position.

You have to think of your needs first and what it’s going to take to keep the project moving forward without missing a beat. Some of these suggested actions or steps that I’m about to discuss are ones you can take on your own. Some of them assume you have access to the current project manager, and that may or may not be the case--so take the information and be as flexible as necessary in how you use it. Either way, the information is out there. Don’t stop …

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"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

- George Bernard Shaw

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