Project Recovery Professional™

derailment1ProjectManagers.Org offers a Project recovery best practices online course with the possibility for certification. The online course includes 10 audio lessons to understand project recovery management.

After subscribing (for free) you receive 10 days in a row a link to your next lesson. These lessons contains an audio file as well as the text itself. Lessons can vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.

The Project Recovery Professional™ lessons cover the following topics:

LESSON 1: Guide for Getting Projects Back on Track (Part I: the Handover)
First thing to do when you are assigned to a project that has been running for a while already, even for those ones that are not off-track, is to meet the current PM of that project in order to do a formal handover of the activities.

LESSON 2: Guide for Getting Projects Back on Track (Part II: Baselines & Leadership)
Let´s assume, as most of the times happen, that the main conclusion of the handover meeting is that the baseline of the project is not defined, requirements are not clear, goals are not defined, risks are not identified, and so on… Then.. how to proceed? What to do next?

LESSON 3: Stakeholder Involvement for Getting Projects Back on Track
Also project success depends on involving right stakeholder in the right away during the course of project execution.

LESSON 4: Scope and Expectations for Recovering Projects Back on Track
This article does not intend to reinforce the methods or styles of project management; rather it focuses on some of the root causes that often ‘derail’ the project – even when procedures are followed – and more importantly how we can go about ‘fixing’ them.

LESSON 5: Risk Management for Project Recovery Management
There are no guarantees on any project and even the most well planned project can run into unexpected problems. However; if a project needs to be put back on track, it means that either that the potential risks weren’t managed properly or that new risks are impacting the project. Only proper risk management might have secured the project against the unknown.

LESSON 6: Putting Projects Back On Track: The Cost Factor
A variety of factors can derail a project from its deadline. Cost is one of them. It’s not unusual for some of the activities to cost more than originally estimated. During the project life cycle you might realize they were underestimated.

LESSON 7 [Technique I]: Project Management Fast-Tracking Step-by-Step Implementation Guide
Project Management Fast-tracking is a tool for schedule compression when uncompleted jobs in their current existences or in their further subdivided forms are transposed into independent fragments to enable simultaneous executions to accelerate completion.

LESSON 8 [Technique II]: Project Management Crashing Step-by-Step Implementation Guide
Project crashing (also known as ‘crashing the project schedule‘, or ‘project time compression’) is a project management technique based on adding more resources of the initially planned in a project in order to accelerate the project timing.

LESSON 9: Putting Projects Back on Track: a Practical Approach
The objective in this article is to describe how to get a project back on track based on a personal experience.

LESSON 10: Project Recovery from the Project Sponsor or Product Owner’s Perspective
This article is from a different perspective: the Project Sponsor or the Product Owner one. This is the perspective from the side where the project was greenlighted, It will help to understand what recovery means from their own view.

Conclusion
I like the way to get in a rather short period of time a picture about a specific topic, in this case project recovery. This course gives some practical steps to take to get a derailed project back on track. It explains in detail two important techniques to use.

To apply for the Project Recovery Professional online course: http://Projectmanagers.org

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