What might you do if you have a project and despite your best efforts, despite excellent leadership and terrific people on the team, the project is in trouble? Projects, despite best efforts, get into trouble for a number of reasons. The most common reasons that we have experienced are:
- The project, based on the initial assessment and planning is prematurely obsolete in relation to a number of external factors that have changed.
- The project required different internal processes and capacity than originally thought sufficient for accomplishing the project.
- The team isn't working together well, including pockets of conflict.
Project management is a science unto itself. Within this science, there are ways to bring a project back into line if it is running into difficulty. As a project manager, if you are finding that you are able to get your project back on track within a project management framework, you don't need us.
However, if the situation is complex, the project turnaround needs to happen rapidly, and you feel that the situation is outside of the usual scope of project management, we can help. We have lots of experience in project turnaround, even multi-national projects, within a short time frame, no matter how complex the situation.
Project Turnaround through Organizational Transformation
We do not go into the science of project management for the path forward. We assume you are good at what you do and that you already tried what good project management practices have to offer. Rather, we go into the science and practice of organizational transformation and tap into what we know about organizational change. Not a traditional (and usually lengthy) organizational change process. What you need is an organizational transformation process that can shift the project team quickly into the new desired state.
You may be at the stage of realizing that at the moment, you don't even know what the new desired state is. You might only know you are not meeting your bigger goals. We assist with getting clarity about that desired state and how to get there as part of the initial stages of what we do for a project turnaround.
Past clients have asked us what our magic is. Simply put, we understand that the people need to be fully engaged and that the success of the project relies on using the best that the people involved can give.
We have methods to elicit this best, including their best ideas to get the project turned around. We approach the project as an organization, which surprises most of our clients. They have not thought in terms of organizational development when getting the project up and running. They confess that they are much more goal driven than process driven. And part of our magic is making the shift from a 'management' approach to a 'leadership' approach with the entire project team.
With the overall project goals in mind, we approach the project turnaround from a perspective of Organizational Leadership rather than Project Management. This shift creates greater space for possibility thinking. It is a shift that creates what is needed for a rapid project turnaround for successful project accomplishment.
Contact Birgitt Williams, President of Dalar International Consultancy, Inc. to schedule a free one hour appointment to discuss your project turnaround needs. During this call, Birgitt will take you through a simple process to think through the challenge you are facing, the opportunities you are presented with, and help you gain clarity about your project turnaround.
These workshops that we offer support the project turnaround process. In engaging us for your project turnaround, we can discuss which workshops would be right for you.