Rebooting a Project: How to Utilize Change Management to Re-Organize and Re-Energize Your Project

Elizabeth Hetrick, MBA, PMP

Abstract
In the world of project management, projects rarely go completely smoothly. While risks can be managed and planned for, sometimes good projects fail or stagnate. Sometimes you need to introduce the risk of change to a project to reorganize and revitalize it for success. Utilizing change management techniques within the project management system lessens the risk inherent in introducing change to a project and improves your chances of success. This article will focus on the 10 steps that should be taken to successfully reboot a project and decrease the risk of project failure.

Introduction
If you’ve been a project manager for any length of time, chances are good that you have inherited a project that stalled out, is stagnant, or perhaps is functioning fine but in hindsight was not set up in a way that could ensure optimal performance and deliverables.

So what do you do? We all know that introducing change into a project is a risk, but handled properly, a project refresh could be just what everyone needs to refocus and ensure a successful project. Utilizing change management techniques within a project management system can be the difference between monitoring a barely functioning project and a successful project reboot. Below are the 10 steps to take to reduce risk and improve your chances of success.

Step 1: Listen
Before you do anything else; before …

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