How to rescue a failing project

Published on : 17th June 2021

How to rescue a failing project

A well-planned and deployed project is often a challenge - but what if things are not going to plan? If you take proactive steps to rescue the situation, it's possible to get your project back to where it should be. Here are some approaches to help you work out what is going wrong and get your project back on track.

Communication is key

If a project manager notices that things are going wrong, communication with other stakeholders is vital. Arranging conversations with clients or senior leaders, as well as with those working on the project, allows for open feedback and discussion. This clarifies expectations and helps to identify where things are going wrong. Honest communication might not always be easy, but it is essential for finding and resolving problems.

Understand how the team works together

Conflicts inevitably arise at work sometimes, and projects can suffer if teams are struggling to work together effectively. If things aren't going to plan with your project, looking closely at your team members, their relationships, and how they work together might reveal issues that are affecting the project. If this is the case, teams can be changed or restructured to be more cohesive.

Thorough auditing

When a project is failing, a thorough audit is a useful way to identify gaps in staffing, resources, or knowledge that are contributing to the failure. A detailed audit of every aspect of the project, including staffing, resources and technology, processes, and budget, will give you a clear overview of the project and highlight anything that is lacking.

Honest evaluation

Following an audit, an honest evaluation of the results is needed. This can identify whether staffing is hindering the project, whether the budget is sufficient and being spent appropriately and whether the processes you have in place are achieving the results you need. This might mean making some tough decisions but could rescue a project that isn't working.

By following these steps, you can gain a clear understanding of the intricacies of your project. This should help you to recognise where things are going wrong and take steps to solve these problems.