Planning the Intervention
"In the previous sections we discussed how to ascertain the causes of your runaway project. In this section we discuss the critical initial steps to restart the project and avoid the traps and pitfalls that got the project into trouble in the first place. This chapter focuses on how to create or enhance a central project management office to serve as a primary support center for the restarted project."
"The project management control office we discuss should not be confused with an organizational PMO, also known as a Project Management or Progfram Management Office. The organizational PMOs have varying degrees of complexity and thus varying degrees of success. We discuss the setup and operation of a project management office charged with assisting the project manager in rescuing the runaway project."
Influence over the project will come from 2 main sources: the Project Steering Committee and the Project Management Office. The Project Steering Committee will include the Project Sponsor (and the project manager). The Project Sponsor will usually manage the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) assigned to the project. The Project Management Office will include the Project Manager and the various project teams which will include the project architect.
"There may be more levels and more technical teams on your project, but the overall structure should hold true. You will notice there are really two organizations involved with the project; the project steering committee and the project management office. Both play an extremely important role in the successful turnaround of the runaway project."
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.