As project managers we are used to constantly rethinking and adapting our planning. We do this with more or less effort, depending on the project we have: In a plannable "classic" project with a defined scope, we have more need for adaptation than in an agile project where we sail more on sight. Added to this are gradations and differences in the level of detail. This may be due to the personality of the respective project manager, the client, or the stakeholders involved - some need detail, others just need an overview.
No matter where you fit into this spectrum: there is a plan. Whereby we do not mean the plan as a physical result, as the result of a planning process, but the plan as a common understanding in our heads, which has arisen because we have discussed and thought through the project together with the team and shared our insights and thoughts. This common understanding is very useful and valuable.
In the current situation, with almost cosmic changes and uncertainty due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this is a basis on which we as project teams can build. Since the middle of March, nothing in many organisations and their projects is the way it was before. When a crisis hits us like this, here are some practical and proven steps to get back on track:
Every project manager will be confronted with crisis situations in the course of his career. Not always as severe as in the current pandemic. But regardless of the size, intensity, and significance of the crisis, the steps described are a good starting point to get our project back on track.
Author: Roland Dörr
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