The road to recovery
It is easy for projects to slip behind schedule and off budget. Getting back on track, however, is the challenge which enables project managers to prove their meddle. This article details a five-step approach that can help project managers fix significant project problems. In doing so, it identifies the issues that can cause problems and the ways that the suggested technique can help project managers approach and remedy the source of the problem. Accompanying this article are three sidebars: The first explains how one project manager saved a large IT project that was beginning to fail; the second overviews when executives should replace the project manager of a failing project; the third describes how three project managers approach situations where project failure generates frustration and hostility.