I recently completed a project that solved a problem that no longer exists due to the current economic times. Many times I look at risks around the project completing on time, schedule, and on budget. Never have I looked at the risks to the organization if the project is a success.
Barry Shore, PhD. wrote a few articles which reinforce my developing belief we need to keep assessing the client need for the product of our project. The articles are: NO ONE WANTS TO KILL A PROJECT, What We Learn from Case Studies, and Why It’s So Hard to Pull the Plug on a Failing Project. This last article hit close to home since I am a continuous improvement project manager:
How many times have I heard the mantra of “continuous improvement” not only to keep hope alive for the Red Sox but to keep projects alive? How many times have project managers wanted more time to turn things around? How many times have they asked for more time to give their improvements a chance to show results!
I discovered Dr. Shore from his amazing article for the PMI Member Project Management Journal: Systematic biases and culture in project failures.
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