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29 March 2009

Project Take Over

Filed under: Project Management — Tags: — admin @ 11:43

Taking over a new project, a new role or a new job… Restarting.

The objectives a project take over are (in this order):

  1. Ensure long-term success of the Project Manager
  2. Ensure success of the project

In order to take over a project successfully, the following steps shall be undertaken:

  • Establish authority and leadership with confidence
  • Establish relationships with every individual – learn about each one of them, what are their skills, experience, what type of management get the most of them, what are their motivators, personality and character.
  • Assess Project – take ownership of the project plan and the schedule, and assume resposibility from there on – if plan does seem achievable, perform the foolwing actions in this order: 1. try to reduce scope, 2. try technical simplifications, 3. justify and ask for more resources, and 4. propose to replan the project.
  • Assess and document Risks and Issues – perform a complete risk analysis, in order to confirm that the project objectives are achievable
  • Document Vision and Action Plan – based on well know methodology
  • Establish Project Management Master Mind

Spend a fair amount of your time improving your leadership ability:

  • Provide navigation
  • Establish solid ground
  • Influence
  • Process knowledge
  • Get momentum
  • Focus on victory
  • Establish inner cycle
  • Maintain priorities
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