Bouncing Back After A Failed Project

Projects are difficult by definition.  The Project Management Institute definition includes the word “unique”.  That means that in the history of the world, no one has ever done it before in exactly the same way – in this environment, with these people, etc.  Something makes it unique.  That means there is a potential for great success and yes, failure.  Many thanks to a PMthinker who asked:

“It is all well and good using your previous failings as lessons and motivation. But if the failure is large or high profile, how can you bounce back with a negative reputation in a difficult financial climate?”

This questions was in response to our “Turn Your Failures in Success” series, and inspired this post. Sometimes no matter how great you are as a project manager, you will be part of a failed project.  Forbes complied 12 different suggestions from high-profile people who successfully recovered from a variety of very tough situations.   They range from “Face the Music to Meditate.”  Scroll through these 12 tidbits  ”In Pictures” at:  http://www.forbes.com/2008/08/29/small-business-failure-ent-manage-cx_ml_0829failurerecovery_slide.html?partner=email

About the Author

Dawn is CEO and Senior Business Consultant at Blue Isis,LLC., a Program Management Office (PMO) & Talent Development consulting firm. While her math degree didn't kill her and made her a stronger problem solver, her first love is communicating. So when she met Project Management, she was hooked. Dawn is a dynamic leader, regular speaker, an acknowledged coach and mentor and has never met a warm water sport she hasn't liked. For more information on Blue Isis, LLC and their services go to their website at www.blueisisllc.com. Stay connected with Dawn and Blue Isis on Twitter @BlueIsisLLC and on Facebook www.facebook.com/BlueIsisLLC.