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What You Can Leverage

"A project rescue involves leveraging all the emotions, history, best practices, intuition, and compromises that are available in a highly charged and stressed environment to salvage what is possible and turn the project around as much as possible. Lots of actions, both obvious and subtle, can be used to accomplish this."
"There is a lot of optimism at the start of a project, and a lot of strong opinions about the way things should be done. Differences can exist at any level of the extended project team. It is not unusual to have a strong difference of opinion between a sponsor or stakeholder who is driving toward a specific conclusion and the project manager, who is driven to complete the project on timeand on budget - or vice versa."
"A lot of nice to haves, what ifs, ideologies, personal vendettas, strong opinions, and philosophies that are pretty much impossible t address empirically come into play at the start of a project - when everything appears to be going well. These differences of opinion can sometimes put enough pressure on the system to bring the project to the verge of failure -hence the need for a project rescue."
"More often than not, the project rescue initiative takes place when everyone involved in the project has a lot to win r lose depending on the project outcome. This creates room for some new thinking and an opening for the rescue manager to use. Positive messages include focusing on the good of the company, learning from past experiences, building a stronger team, and looking forward."
"The interesting dynamic here is that the project team wants the rescue manager to succeed because the team benefits in the process. But they ultimately may not want to give away too much of the recognition and accolades for recovery. Many consultants speak about this circumstance - and the rescue manager, whether inside or outside the organization, is in effect acting as a consultant and needs to be prepared to let go of the project once the rescue is complete."
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.