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Private - Turning Around Problem Projects (2 Days)
About course

Project managers and executives do not like to talk about “problem” projects; however, the reality is that they do exist. Much time and effort is spent on the development and implementation of project management best practices to assure that projects are completed successfully. However, from time-to-time, we are faced with events that result in a troubled or “problem” project that becomes in jeopardy with regards to our anticipated criteria used to define success.

This course prepares you to be able to identify and assess problems that result in problem projects and implement recovery techniques to turn the project around for successful completion.

Who should attend

This course should be attended by project managers and any individuals involved with requirements to assessment and turnaround of problem projects. This course assumes that attendees have a solid understanding of and competency in the generally accepted best practices of project management.

Course features

This practical course emphasizes the fundamentals of identification, assessment and recovery of problem projects. Through instruction, dialog and practical examples and exercises, upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize classical symptoms of problem projects
  • Determine the root cause of problems
  • Implement Critical Steps to Initiate Turnaround
  • Successfully use Systematic and Creative Resolution Techniques
  • Know when and how to terminate doomed projects
  • Implement Problem Prevention Techniques
Course outline

What You Should Know About Problem Projects

  • Definitions and Characteristics
  • Problem Solving
  • Problem Project Symptoms
  • Types of Problem Projects


Problem Solving Strategies

  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Problem Project Resolution Approaches
  • Project Risk Management


Systematic Approach to Resolution

  • Problem Project Identification and Understanding
  • Problem Project Assessment and Analyzing
  • Solution Selection and Implementation


Creative Approach to Resolution

  • LOGPAD, JAD and Dialogue Mapping


Turning Around Problem Projects

  • Critical Steps for Turn Around
  • Sources of Problem Projects
  • Problem Project Situations


How to Terminate “Doomed” Projects

  • Steps in Canceling a Project
  • Recognizing “Doomed” Projects
  • Project Close Out Plans


Problem Project Prevention

  • DO’s for Success
  • DON’T’s for Success
  • Top Strategies for Project Success
Course information
Duration: 14 hours
Earn: 14 PDUs
Delivery Method: Virtual or Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses the following knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide):

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management