How to survive a project management disaster

Friday, January 24th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Disasters happen to everyone. No project manager makes it through his or her career without a major incident. The key is to accept that failure occurred, learn from it and move on.

In a recent book titled, "Project Recovery: Case Studies and Techniques for Overcoming Project Failure," Dr. Harold Kerzner explains what is necessary to recover from failed projects. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Kerzner offered some tips for managers looking to learn important lessons from their experiences.

"You show me any executive that always make [sic] the right decisions, and I'll show you executives that aren't making enough decisions," Kerzner said. "If you don't take risks, you become a follower rather than a leader. When you take risks, you expect some of the projects to fail. The problem is that you have to have metrics and have to be able to identify very, very quickly when it's time to pull the plug."

Kerzner notes that, because "project management has become more of a career path,…you have textbooks documenting the mistakes other companies have made, so that they will not repeat those mistakes."

He notes that today's managers have many more opportunities to learn from the mistakes of others than they did in the past, thanks to the number of courses of study available.

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