Project Management

Project On! 5 Actions to Maintain Project Momentum During COVID-19

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Troy is the CEO and Founder of Aspiri Consulting, Inc. in San Francisco.

Even in the most turbulent of times, projects meant to deliver meaningful results for the business, its employees, and its customers must stay on track. Turbulence can come in many forms. The coronavirus pandemic has completely and rapidly changed how we operate.

Seemingly overnight, business models changed significantly. You may be experiencing shifts in business priorities, supply chain disruption, product demand spikes and shortages, changes in how your products are delivered to the customer, changing hours (if not completely shutting the doors), and employees being asked (if not ordered) to work from home for the foreseeable future.

The impact from COVID-19 has been swift and, in many cases, dramatic. Even so, projects that deliver meaningful results must stay on track. What can you do to keep those meaningful projects on track? I've listed five simple yet effective actions you can take: 

1. Reaffirm your project's value. Before beginning, pause to affirm your project's value in light of the pandemic. The benefit and value your project will deliver must remain relevant to the business, employees and/or customers. 

It may be hard to assess this yourself. You are likely biased toward your own project. Hopefully, your organization has an approval process for projects. If you don't have a defined process to revisit, you should check in with…

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