Healing a Broken Project

Presenter: aimeerae
Co-Presenter(s):
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What happens when you encounter a project that seems broken beyond repair, but for whatever reasons, a brand-new fresh start is not possible?

You may run into the following challenges with these "broken projects":

  • No clear scope
  • No requirements documentation
  • Far less remaining budget
  • Far less remaining time
  • "Project fatigue" from the client
  • Massive amounts of technical debt
  • And many, many more challenges...

How do you even start approaching such a broken project and bring chaos to order?

But what does order really mean? How does one measure success or completion in a fog of wrongness?!

Using project management and enterprise process management techniques, you can work through unclear and incomplete deliverables to help define what Done (success) means. This includes unraveling complex business logic, multiple business processes, and a slew of modules and configurations.

At the same time, we were proactively healing the client’s project pain by finally being able to articulate a clear list of what needs to be built versus what has been built.

We even got to answer the final burning questions:

When will it be done and how much is it going to cost?

What should your session accomplish?

  • Surface signs and symptoms of unhealthy projects
  • Discuss methods to manage those symptoms / mitigate issues and risks

Who should attend this session?

  • Project / Product / Account Managers
  • Executive Sponsors / Executive Leadership
  • Interested Contributors (developers, designers, etc.)

Learning Outcomes

  • Starting assumptions may not completely prepare the team for the project.
  • Identify and proactively address stakeholder’s project fatigue and apprehension.
  • Explore practical techniques to unravel and define the half-built and the unknown.
  • Understand that tools and techniques are really applying the “best practice for the situation” and which tool you use will evolve through the project recovery process.
  • Understand how to prepare your project team for the road to recovery with the client.
Audience
Experience Level
Intermediate
Schedule Info
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Room
Room F1/F2
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