Project Management

Resume, Recover and Deliver

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

If you’re managing a project that has been put on hold—or where progress has ground to a halt because of problems with suppliers or resources—then you know how frustrating it is on top of all of the other stresses around COVID-19.

I guess it’s somewhat comforting to know that there are a lot of other people in the same boat as you, but ultimately you’re the person who has to deliver your project successfully—and it’s not going to be any easier just because a lot of other people are going to have to do the same thing. In fact, it’s going to potentially be harder because there is going to be a lot of competition for resources.

At this point, none of us really know when those projects are going to be able to restart, how long they are going to take to get back up to speed, and what the impact is going to be on their ability to meet their business needs. And that’s not likely to become clear for quite some time.

But that doesn’t mean that we as project managers are helpless. There are a number of things we can do to make the ultimate resumption and recovery of our projects easier for all involved. So, with many of us having a bit more time on our hands, here are some ideas of what you can do now to make your projects more successful when they do start up again.

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