In the last few months, life, as we know it, has changed; and we all have been forced to change. What should Project Managers do in uncharted waters such as this?
The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary crisis that will test the leadership, project, and change management skills of many people. Change is best managed carefully and with a considered approach so as not to be reactive or hasty.
You will have to make tough decisions. You will also have to change the way you work. You will need to begin by assessing your preparedness, being transparent with your people and clients, and adopting better work practices will help you survive through the downturn.
As a project manager, your task is to avoid surprises and show a bright future. Identify what risks are there for your project, and do it together with team members and experts. What happens if planned resources are now not available? External factors such as travel limitations, safety/health precautions to be made, etc must be taken into consideration.
You should also consider the opportunities that crisis can bring opportunities; for example partnering with your competition to complete your project. Develop scenarios and triggers and inform sponsors and key stakeholders. Get preliminary approval for contingency plans.
Our training courses will teach you risk management to help you avoid projects grinding to a halt.