To the tune of funereal music………the procession was not too long, but long enough for the company to realise that:
- there were unfinished projects lurking in the reaches of the business that needed to be killed off
- project sponsors had little knowledge what was and what was not being worked on (this of course improved with this ‘bring out your dead’ exercise
- some people’s shoulders were no longer drooping; people suggested that they felt much more motivated now they had buried their dead projects
- key business projects moved from red to green very quickly (see RAG reporting) the explanation given by project teams was they were not working on ‘dead’ projects – projects that contributed little to the business
- money allocated to ‘dead’ projects was reallocated to other work and in some cases simply saved
Senior managers suddenly felt they had a grip on project management in the business ….that was until it was suggested they should undergo project sponsor training. But, that is another story…..
- So, is it time to bring out your dead?
- Is it time to drop those projects that will make little or no difference?
- Is it time to forget those projects that do not link into the overall objectives of the business?
- Is it time to get a bit smarter?
I will leave you to answer these questions