In part 1 of this article series, we accepted that Projects sometimes need to be cancelled. In part 2, we look at how sometimes the Project being worked on is no longer the right Project, and in part 3, we looked at the other cause of cancelling: the Project isn't being done right. In this final part 4, we will look at how Projects should be cancelled.
The key thing to remember when cancelling a Project is that it still needs to complete a project closedown just like a successfully delivered project, and the project needs to come to an end in some sort of orderly, controlled manner. I suggest adhering to the steps below:
On our website front page we have the line "At Project Health Check, we believe all projects are a journey. They may be arduous at times, and cross some pretty inhospitable terrain; but it is always possible to navigate the journey to a successful completion!" The harsh truth is, sometimes a successful conclusion is cancelling a Project rather than waste more resources delivering failure. What have your experiences of cancelling Projects been?
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