How to Handle the Take Over
The NFL quarterback, Brett Farve has been a Green Bay Packer, a New York Jet, and now a Minnesota Viking. As a team leader, this guy has the skills it takes to step into any football team and take over. As a project manager, what happens if you are asked to take over an existing project? Effective project managers can use their project planning skills to keep the team on track and count on a successful outcome.
Before you jump in and start giving orders, ask yourself what you really know about the project, its team, the stakeholders, and the goal. If you can't easily answer these questions, you'll need some tips to guide you in the existing project takeover.
First download our template on How to Takeover Existing Projects, a Microsoft Word document you can tailor to the existing project. This document will help you identify things like project status, timeline, budget and funds available, projections, and accomplishments.
Next, review everything you can on the project before you set up a team meeting. Read project initiation documents, client requests, team assignments, the project scope, and find out the desirable outcome. Speak with supervisors and network with other managers on how former projects were successful in this department.