When it's time to abandon...
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
One of the 12 Agile Principles (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html) is, “Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential.” One way to maximize the work not done is to abandon a project that has already been approved or is underway, thus freeing up resources for other work.
A new TPA client conversion project should always trigger a review by the Governance Team to determine if any other projects should be stopped or paused to free up capacity to work on the new client conversion. Here a just a few red flags to identify projects that should be canceled or paused to free up capacity:
· An IT infrastructure project that relies on an unproven technology is reporting quality issues
· A software development project is experiencing delays in approving deliverables due to lack of attention by the business owner
· The kickoff meeting for a next-generation proof-of-concept project has been delayed because a business sponsor has not yet been identified
The decision to abandon an internal focused project is painful and always a political challenge but failure to do so could put your new client conversion project at risk. And will certainly be more painful.