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Intervention Execution

"This phase goes much more smoothly if the proper amount of diligence and planning is done previously. It executes against the project plan with constant tracking and verification. The processes identified earlier (see the Define Project Processes page) are used to ensure that the project does not get bogged down again."

"One important difference between a project rescue process and other methodologies involves the frequency with which the project plan is tracked. Instead of weekly meetings, a rescue calls for daily or even intraday checkpoints. Consider two types of checkpoints: executive checkpoint and the project checkpoint."

"The executive checkpoint process involves the key decision makers, key business owners, the rescue champion, and the project manager. Their checkpoint meeting is used to review the overall direction of the project, immediately resolve any obstacles, and eliminate inter-team conflicts. These checkpoints should be held once a day, at the beginning or the end of the day."

"The project checkpoint involves the project leaders, project managers, and the rescue champion to discuss the project direction at a detailed level. This often involves a review of the complete issue log and the project plan. These checkpoints can be held once a day or intraday. The critical skills in this phase include the following:

  • Negotiation skills  You need to persuade people at all levels to stick to the critical path.
  • Organizational skills  You need to build a detailed plan that can be tracked on a daily basis.
  • Tracking skills  You need to guide fast decision making when the project moves off track. At the rapid pace of a project rescue, this should be identified and done within hours of each other - not the days, weeks, or months it took earlier.
  • Coaching skills   You need to be able to help people who have never been in a closely scrutinized, high-visibility situation. Plan to spend a lot of time encouraging those team members that are having a difficult time, especially in the beginning of the rescue effort."

There are 6 sub-phases in this phase:

Ensure Communication
Upgrade Infrastructure
Execute the Plan
Track Issues
Get Signoffs
Deploy Solutions

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.