Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ending project failures

Seems like the idea of killing off projects looking like failures early on seems to be catching on according to recent blog entries like this one from Michael Krigsman.

Cancellation should however not be the primary mechanism for controlling projects. Every project should first be designed to succeed. For some projects only constraint given is a time table and a wish to either succeed or fail on time. Applying a cancellation to a poorly initiated project like this may not be the right thing to do.

Just because killing off a project was the right decision at one time does not mean that it is right to kill off every project in trouble.