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Review Project History

"In addition to reviewing the documentation, interviewing stakeholders, and interviewing team members, it is helpful to focus on the detailed history of the project. This particularly includes previous attempts at the project, ones that may have failed or been terminated for some reason. Documentation, lessons learned, and post mortem information for each of these attempts should be recovered and reviewed."

"Some of the leaders or even the people who were beat up in the previous attempts at the project may have hard feelings. These people are such a fountain of information, however, that you need to find a way to interview them and to understand their perspective of what went wrong. During these conversations it is important to project the following:
  • Your desire to get the project done for the sake of the organization
  • A nonjudgmental approach
  • Your humility, appreciation, and willingness to incorporate any help that is offered
  • A strong desire to help the organization learn from the experience"

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.