Anatomy of a failed project
One of the great challenges in managing projects is knowing when and how to terminate a project that is failing to achieve expected results. This article discusses how the author successfully terminated a recent project. In doing so, it overviews the project's planning process and notes the key factor that led to the project's failure. It describes the steps that the author--the effort's program manager--implemented after she determined that the project's was slipping off-track, steps which included meeting with the project's sponsor, project manager, and main contractor to develop a plan for terminating the project and documenting its closing. It also identifies the key factor that enabled her to gain the support she needed to close this project. Accompanying this article is a sidebar listing four symptoms of project failure.