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Project Takeover Formula: How to Take Over a Started Project | Video

Project Takeover Formula: How to Take Over a Started Project | Video

It is never a good idea to take over a project someone else has started. There is too much risk that they will not have set it up to succeed.

But, if you have to, you’re going to need my Project Takeover Formula.

So, what should you do if you have no choice?

For whatever reason, you have to engage in a project takeover. And, of course, you want to make a success of it?

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Why is it a Problem to Take over a Started Project?

  • Legacy of decisions you wouldn’t have made
  • Started it knowing they wouldn’t finish it = power without responsibility

My ultimate Project Takeover Formula has six ingredients:

  1. Orientation
    1. Stay calm
    2. Ask questions and listen to the answers
    3. Avoid making promises
  2. Governance
    1. Understand it
    2. Assess it
    3. Amend it if you have to
  3. Team
    1. Meet, greet, and get to know them
    2. Convene a team meeting and invite questions
    3. Then hold one-to-ones
  4. Stakeholders
    Meet and build relationships with:
    1. Users
    2. Suppliers
    3. Key stakeholders
  5. Project Definition and Plans
    1. Review them
    2. Revise them where necessary
    3. Secure sign-off
  6. Move Forward
    1. Monitoring and control
    2. Communications
    3. Re-energize your team with a new project kick-off

For more details, check out our article:

The Ultimate Project Takeover Formula

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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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