Signs of a Project in Need of Help

These images capture events that are more familiar than we'd like to admit. Energetic young teams chasing the shiny ball managed by Operations that are overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with the dynamics of high tech development.

Here is a list of the top 10 common signs a project may be in trouble:

  • No WBS in place
  • Customer Requirements not processed for Compliance & Verification
  • Team jumping into design without technical Flow down and partitioning
  • Interface Control Docs/Dwgs (ICDs) not defined
  • Team designing without clear goal
  • Task(s) alignment to requirements are unknown
  • Customer has not signed off on C&V plan
  • Starting to build without design reviews and released engineering documents
  • Spec will fall out of the design
  • Don't know my distilled cost budget and/or current actual costs.