"This section (Planning an Intervention) looked at the two organizations chargede respectively with leading and supporting the project rescue team. At this tumultuous time, the project steering committee must step up and provide the leadership necessary to give the project team confidence and the path to successfully rescue the runaway project. Often project steering committee members will have conflicting agendas. They must be able to put aside all differences and work toward the common goal. This group must perform at peak levels or the rescue attempt will fail miserably."
"The bulk of the section described the support functions of a project rescue management office. This group's primary function is to provide 'how to' guidance to the project manager, project architect and technical team. Another immediate form of assistance is to perform some administrative support functions in the project communications and financial areas. The primary goal of the project management office is to provide a supportive project management culture using very simple techniques. In other words, project management office personnel need to perform the activities that will allow the project manager to manage and the system architect to architect."
"Effective performance by these two groups will help assure the project team will not fall into the same traps that got the project askew in the first place."
The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.