"While the environment driving a project rescue is highly charged and stressful, there are several inherent characteristics that can be healthy to the future of the project. The focus of the project rescue intervention is to leverage whatever is available in this area."
"For example, a common enemy or objective - for example, getting the project done - can unify the different players on the team like nothing that came before. Fear of failure can be turned into a driving force to turn the project around."
"The rescue manager, with clear support from the executive sponsor, should make it clear that the past will not be used to punish the team in the future. Energy that might be spent on self-protection can now be channeled into efforts that more directly impact the project. The team can be given another chance to prove itself."
"This doesn't mean abandoning accountability or responsibility. A project review must recognize the mistakes that were made in the past. New metrics for the project team that give it a chance to look forward is healthier and more productive than explaining the intricacies of past failures."
"You also need to leverage lessons learned from past experiences. The root cause analysis that serves as input to the lessons learned on the failed project can serve as strong reminders why the new approach must be embraced and not merely paid lip service."
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.