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By dariusss ·
I am leading project which is behind a schedule. The goal of this project is to implement new system in strictly defined time so it is measurable. But we have not met that deadline. Is it necessary to change project goal? I would appreciate commentsmade by somebody who has experienced such a problem.
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Dariusz Tadaniewicz
IT project co-ordinator
Poland

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by Ann777 In reply to Project goal

It depends entirely on whether this is one of many varying projacts that you manage or not. It depends also on your supervisors expectations and understanding of what the problems have been.

If you are managing the one projact, and not many other projects, and you are communicating with your sup. then probably you do not need to revise or change the project goal. You just need to be on top of it and make sure that the project does not fall by the wayside.

If you and your people are working several projects, then yes, I'd recommend revising the project goal so that people do no slack off on it (reasoning that that project is already behind schedule).

Be sure to document why the project fell behind... causes and effects. And keep that for reference just in case.

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by The Chad In reply to Project goal

Apply your triple-constraint:
1) Reduce scope
2) Increase cost
3) (you can't) increase time.

So, give them one of two options: either they reduce the scope of the project, or -- more risky, as this is usually doomed to failure -- pay more money to hire additional resources.

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by RealGem In reply to Project goal

Goals should not be arbitrary. Why was that specific date important? If you can just change the goal by changing the date, why bother?

If the date was important and you have not met it, it might not be worth continuing the project.

Bottom line, the person who you are delivering the project to must be involved in the goal setting. But, make sure that the goal is not just based on a dream.

By the way, if the deadline date cannot be moved, then your customer MUST be willing to adjustthe scope of the system or be willing pay extra (for overtime, additional programmers, etc.). The customer cannot dictate the deadline, cost, and scope.

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by solrak29 In reply to Project goal

I'm taking this to the extreme here. If you missed the deadline and the project had a specific strict time...then you missed the boat.
To save face you need to open the communication lines with the stake holders of the project and assess what they want to do at this point.
Obviously, things were not that measurable and risk were probably overlooked. Re-assess the project with the stake holders and re-analyze the risks. You could try to point out the risks ( that may have been overlooked ) and perhaps promise incremental deliveries of a complete project.
If the there was deadline you may be running overbudget anyway...so at this point its up to the stake holders....whats the project worth to them.

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by dgaudreau In reply to Project goal

In all projects, you are always dealing with three dimensions: resources, time and deliverables (features).

You cannot squeeze one of the dimension to fit the other two that are fixed (ie, time and features).

So in your case, if time was fixed, you have to negotiate with the number of resources or the feature set. There is no way around it.

PS in every project, you have all level of resources and you need to account for this. Don't base your estimates on your top-gun delivering capacity.

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