Project Performance Turnaround Methodology™

When is JMW’s Project Performance Turnaround™ Methodology useful?

When a project is:

  • Behind schedule and/or over budget and recovery seems difficult or impossible
  • Not delivering to spec or health/safety/environmental standards
  • Repeatedly failing to make the progress it needs towards key future milestones
  • Facing relationship and communication problems that are threatening timely delivery

What happens in JMW’s Project Performance Turnaround™?

The Project Team:

  • Focuses on the problems and obstacles most critical to project success
  • Identifies the mindsets, opinions and prejudices which may be in the way of dealing with those problems quickly, creatively and effectively
  • Constructively challenges those mindsets, opinions and prejudices
  • Develops a common language for talking straight about what’s happening, what needs to happen and how it’s going to happen
  • Stands for a shared Vision for the future of the project that changes how different groups are viewing each other and collaborating
  • Creates a clear set of criteria for a successful recovery
  • Builds and commits to a short-term action plan to deliver that recovery
  • Identifies and changes any project processes or practices which are getting in the way of constructive progress
  • Continually initiates interventions to address newly identified obstacles
  • Engages all team members through a strategic cascade of commitments that draws a line of sight between actions of individual team members and the project’s recovery
  • Rigorously tracks progress towards recovery, with a granular focus on each team’s and each individual’s commitments to action
  • Celebrates progress and recognizes when the project has recovered

What does JMW do in Project Performance Turnaround™?

The JMW team working with a capital project:

  • Provides leadership principles and communication tools for creating and managing a high performing project
  • Designs and facilitates key workshops for the senior project team, as well as meetings of key teams and working groups intervening in the problems and obstacles
  • Coaches individuals accountable for delivering on critical recovery milestones and implementing key actions or initiatives
  • Supports the integration of cascaded commitments into the integrated project plan
  • Ensures that the project’s management structures are directly supporting the recovery plan

What are the principles behind this methodology?

Transform how people view the project’s problems and obstacles, and you will transform performance, because…

  • Perception and interpretation wins over reality every time. We help organizations reveal and challenge the conclusions and views in the background that are often contributing to or even creating the shortfalls in project performance.
  • More inclusive is more effective. The more stakeholders you can involve in these interventions; the greater impact those interventions are likely to have.
  • People’s commitments matter. Having people adopt a rigorous relationship to their word, so that commitments are clear and “honored”, is key to turning around an underperforming project.
  • Clarity regarding what “stability” looks like is key. Project recovery interventions must be driven from a clear agreement on the conditions to be met for the project to return to a “stable” state of being on track – often an extraordinary step from being behind.
  • Owning just your part isn’t good enough. Project recovery will depend on individuals and groups caring for and looking out for each other’s success.

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