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Closing Perspective

"In this chapter, we explored the questions from the previous chapter that can be used to detect the symptoms of a runaway project. We also provided corrective actions you can take to get the project back on track. All of this information can be divided into two major categories. First is the management process. If you have any hope of getting your runaway project back on track, you must employ a strong project management discipline. These project management methods, techniques, and supporting infrastructure are essential to creating your recovery plan. Compromising here may provide temporary relief, but you will soon find yourself back in trouble, maybe even to a greater degree."

"The second category is people. You must have people with the appropriate competencies, skills, experience and attitude for the respective role(s) they plan on the project. You can deploy the best processes and the greatest recovery plan ever devised, but if you do not have the people to execute and deliver, all you have are wonderful theoretical processes and plans. This is no time to compromise on staff and hope people rise to the occasion. You will not get a third chance to get this project done."

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.