Let’s talk about: Projects in chaos – tips for project managers
In this Podcast Marie Longworth, Project Manager from Ipswich City Council is interviewed about projects in chaos. She shares her thoughts on how you can identify if your project is in chaos, what you can do to get your project out of the chaos and some tips for other project managers.
Marie Longworth is a very experienced Project Manager specializing in Oracle ERP implementations and upgrades. Marie has extensive experience in managing vendors and remote teams to deliver required outcomes.
Points raised in this podcast:
- Traditional indicators including schedule not being met, budget blowouts & project team is not performing.
- From a risk perspective, when you start identifying risks, which are outside of your area to mitigate you, can start to identify that your project is in chaos. When things are outside your influence this is when alarm bells should be ringing.
- High impact and high severity risks can throw projects into chaos.
- Taking ownership of an issue that spans multiple environments can be a challenge.
- Identifying 50% of the risks ahead of the project commencing are an ideal amount, the other half of the risks you just won’t see until implementation and go live stages.
- Learning through experience, you will find a range of risks throughout the process — new project managers don’t have this experience and mentors are essential as these risks can’t be taught or learnt from books.
Tips for bringing projects out of chaos:
- Get the best team to help you bring a project out of chaos, ensure they have the buy-in to help get the project through and give the team the support they need to get the job done.
- To fix projects in chaos, change management style to get the most out of each team member. Understand your team and adapt yourself as a project manager.