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How do you turn a bad project around?

By Veronica ·
What do you do if you're working for someone who is taking the entirely wrong approach? The company is making decisions based on emotional reasons instead of logical ones. I really think this project is headed in the wrong direction, but I can't persuade the managers of that. Should I just do what they want and cash their checks?

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How do you turn a bad project around?

by calves In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...

If you tried all means availabel to enlight them about better ways to conduct the project and all you get back are brickwalls, there are two things I would do:
1 - Try to understand the reason for the supposed approach. There might be obvious reasons for the way the thing is been handled. If still don't make sense,

2 - Get out fast - Your professional reputation is riding with the project. I am sure you wouldn't want a grotesque failure in your resume, would you?

Good Luck

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How do you turn a bad project around?

by Veronica In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...
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How do you turn a bad project around?

by avachon In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...

Hi, it may be true that the compnay has its own reasons for doing things you believe to be counterproductive to its project. I would reevaluate project goals and write a directive. For example, after reviewing the project goals, I would write a review of the approach being taken versus the approach you believe should be taken. Clearly document the reasons as to why your approach is more manageable, cost effective, etc. and why you think the other approach has may end up not producing required results and/or will be cost intensive. I would then submit this to management for review. If you still are butting your head against a wall, you can gracefully terminate your work with the client - you have done the analyses and documented. In the endyou will make an ethical decision based on what is best for you. Such careful thought will not jeopardize your reputation. Good luck.

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How do you turn a bad project around?

by Veronica In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...
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How do you turn a bad project around?

by tgross In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...

Take a "Risk Management" initiative:

Initiate a "Top 10 Risks" list (see Steve O'Connel, Weiger for more details.)

* List major foreseen and current risks.

* Indicate nature of risk, downside, and likelihood of risk occurrence.

* Indicate remedial action to FORESTALL the risk, i.e. how to avoid problems altogether.

If company is making "emotionally charged" decisions, try the "top 10 risks" - with or without the "emotional charge." Work with them to create the Top 10 List. Teamwork often starts from the bottom.

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How do you turn a bad project around?

by Veronica In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...
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How do you turn a bad project around?

by Wayne M. In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...

The best way to approach this situation is to use a RAD/Extreme Programming approach, and schedule many small iterations. This way, if there are problems, they will come to light sooner, and will be based on actually system results rather than opinion.

To make this approach work, however, you must commit 100% to the client's approach, so that they do not accuse you of sandbagging it. If you start making many early, "proof of concept" deliveries, the client can evaluate whether there are problems and decide to use an alternate approach.

In the end, you must do what the client wants, whether you are a consultant or an employee. You do have a responsibility, however, to reduce the risk associated with the chosen approach and minimizethe costs associated with going down blind alleys.

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by Veronica In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...
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How do you turn a bad project around?

by DAKraynak In reply to How do you turn a bad pro ...

If you can "afford" to redirect a portion of your "concerns time" into a working presentation example for the client, reassuring that the original project scope will be met, ( in lieu of a listing of concerned opinion ), and upon their review, the emotional factors remain paramount, then, your peace of mind to just cash the checks should be in order, until the overall situation achieves a logical state.

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