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What should the project manager do i both the CPI and SPI are way below 1?

I am currently managing a (bad, very bad) project where both the CPI and SPI are way below 1, meaning (I know that you probably know what it means) that the project is over-budget, and behind schedule?

What is the corrective action in this case? What should I, the project manager, do? I'm afraid that I will lose my reputation with this project, as it is my second one (the first one wasn't great, but it was much better), and it's a complete disaster.
asked 12 years ago by anonymous

2 Answers

The first step should be to understand completely why this is happening. Are there bad estimates?  Resources not up to speed? Unmitigated risks?

The two primary corrective tools are crashing (bringing in more resources) or fast tracking (doing more work in parallel).  If you are crashing, you need to consider if there is some skill which must be acquired on the job as this may slow down the assimilation of new resources into the project team.

Another option would be to examine the scope and negotiate a reduced scope.

As a last resort, you should consider project restart (starting from the beginning and re-estimating and renegotiating the full plan) or project termination (is this project still viable now that you know its not going to be delivered on time).
answered 11 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)
You can consider the following options to get the project back on track.
•Identify possible changes to the plan that would bring the project back into alignment i.e reprioritize tasks and change task assignments to optimize the project schedule (Consider fast tracking)
•Identify performance issues in the team
•You may want to consider alternatives such as contract resources or adding skilled employees from your own organization.  Prioritize your recommendations and escalate them for higher level decisions
•Do an impact analysis of the potential impact if the situation is not corrected
answered 12 years ago by dimple (2,920 points)

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