Project Management Institute

Midstream Maneuver

Careful Research Can Smooth the Transition When Inheriting a Project

Changing horses midstream is rarely a good idea, conventional wisdom would have it. But in the business world, change is nearly impossible to avoid. Projects often stretch for months-- sometimes years--and it's not always possible for the same project manager to helm the project from kickoff through completion. The tighter the talent market, the more likely that a career move will disrupt continuity. And with today's labor outlook, managers have reason to be biting their nails: Globally, 27 percent of workers are actively seeking new jobs, according to a 2019 Gartner survey.
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