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Bart Perkins: How to keep projects on track

Bart Perkins | April 22, 2014
Here are some things that IT management can do to identify problems in a timely manner.

Review projects periodically. Project managers often resent formal project reviews (internal or external), believing they take time away from "real work" and provide limited value. But good reviews help project teams step back and re-evaluate project status. The review process should not be adversarial; it should focus on identifying and addressing current and potential problems. While a comprehensive review cannot guarantee success, it can significantly mitigate risk.

All projects encounter difficulties. You need to make sure they turn into bumps in the road, not lethal crashes. Give your project every chance to succeed by seeking information through every available channel and at every possible interval. Make it safe for people to sound the alarm.

 

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