Project Obstacles | Know what to do in a pinch

As the song goes, “you gotta know when to hold’um and know when to fold’um”.  This statement could apply equally to managing delegation during the execution of the action steps in a project plan.  There will always be that snafu, roadblock, change in plans, missed milestones, etc.  Always!  The question is just how serious is the problem relative to maintaining your Velocity of Execution or meeting the ultimate goal?

In my E-book on Management by Delegation, I stress the importance of having contingency plans for major actions steps or milestones.  When the manager has developed the Action Plan with contingency steps in mind, they can quickly shift gears and delegate new action steps.  In this Blog, we are dealing more with the unexpected.

Guide to Contingency Plans in Project Management

Here are some constructive questions to guide you:

Is there a readily available work-around?

If so, do you have the people and resources to act on it?

Will delay caused by confronting the solution inhibit another action step in the project from moving forward?

If yes, is there another  work-around to keep that action step moving?

If there is no readily available work-around, can the project be re-directed to a shorter/longer term time-line for completion that is acceptable?

If none of these actions will work…it’s time to “Fold’um”!  Get the team together, get to Sr. management quickly and address the issue and work together to develop a new Plan or direction.  Cut your losses and save the long term results.


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Michael D. Moore is the publisher of Management By Delegation and is a veteran executive with 40+ years in the Banking and Insurance Industries. A devoted entrepreneur, using his business experience to provide resources for managers and leaders at all levels. For the last 5 years, he has built a growing web presence for helping people with personal and professional development. To learn more about these advanced concepts & join our group Click here 5 Must Have Management Skills

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