Dealing with a Project in Trouble
The project was running smoothly – everything was going just as planned, but out of nowhere a scope change appeared or an issue popped up that no one really understood, or the chief architect resigned with no backup.
There are so many reasons that a project could get in trouble, but the response of the project manager should be calm and cool. There is no fire that cannot be put out, and problems are why you hired a project manager in the first place, right? At the end of the day, the person who knows how to deal with a project in trouble needs to be ready with a plan to put everything back on track.
Why Is It Red?
Based on the project status, projects are often rated in a red, yellow or green status. This gives everyone a simple visual tool to understand if the project is going well (green), possibly in trouble (yellow) or in danger (red). If the project is rated red or the status shows that the project is somehow in trouble, there needs to be a reason, an answer to “why.” It’s important to be able to explain why it is in a red status; a gut feeling or intuition will not help the executives or the stakeholders make good decisions about what steps are needed to help.
What Needs to Change
Once you understand why it is red, then you can move on to what needs to be changed in order to get back to yellow and then green status. Based on the
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