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Interviewing Project Team Members

"Every member of the project team has an experience to share and a perspective on what is happening on the project, what has happened on the project, and what could be done better if there was another chance. It's useful to schedule a one on one meeting (individual) with different members of the project team to get those perspectives."

"The project rescue champion will either have an outsider advantage or a new mandate to get at truthful perspectives, without placing blame. This provides a greater chance of getting the truth, helping you to avoid the 'how can I tell this to my boss without getting fired' syndrome. The project rescue champion must be clear that a witch hunt is NOT in process, but rather a rescue initiative to help everyone associated with the project and for the organization as a whole."

"Individual meetings should also be used to corroborate statements from different sources. It's not that people are being untruthful, but individual perspectives can clearly cloud judgments. Always validate what your are hearing."

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.