Keeping Your Project Healthy and Prepping for Success

All the King’s horses and all the king’s men – well you have heard that before. Your project is running on time and under budget now, but is that all it takes for a successful project? Are there indicators you can be watching now to determine if you will cross the finish line in the best possible shape? This webinar will present ways to know how well you’re doing plus 11 key check points to review in your project. It will also offer tips on how to best check in on the project from both a client and implementation partner standpoint.

Learn from RPI experts on the best practices as well as tips, tricks, & techniques to keep your project healthy. It turns out that it really does matter how you get across the finish line!


I want to thank you for taking the time to join today’s webinar, Keeping Your Project Healthy Using Project Health Checks to Monitor Performance. This is the second in our new series of project management webinars that we’ve been holding this week. And with that, I give you Jackie and Teresa.

Jackie Dudas:
Thank you, Keith.

Theresa Nelson:
Hi, good afternoon? So, we are here today to talk to you about ways that you can assess your project to keep it healthy. One tool that we’ve found here at RPI that works really well is something that we’re calling the project health check. And the goal of that health check is to identify project risks and get a plan in place to address them before they even start to develop. So typically, when we talk about managing a project and you’re looking at monitoring and controlling project progress, you tend to focus on this triple constraint, which is time, cost and scope, balancing those three to get optimum project quality. But we all know working on projects that there’s more to a successful project than just on time, under budget and within the scope. There are other variables like how well your project team works together, do you have good executive sponsorship and support? Is there good communication? Are your various groups committed to the project and doing rigorous testing? Those are some areas that can honestly make or break a project and they’re not necessarily captured by just looking at these three pieces until it’s too late.

So, what we’ve developed is this health assessment that periodically throughout the project looks at those different areas and helps you catch these problems before you’re running over budget or behind schedule. So, with a health assessment, we like to focus on factors that we’ve identified as part of successful implementations, we call these success indicators. And we take those success indicators and compare them to your current project. It looks beyond scope and budget to things that maybe aren’t as easy to track. As I mentioned before, those are things like organizational involvement and communication security considerations. Also like to take a break before each critical milestone in the project and look at these factors because that gives us an opportunity to course correct before they’re impacting your major areas. So, Jackie, do you have anything you want to add?

Jackie Dudas:
Yeah. So, who would be the audience normally for this kind of a presentation?

Theresa Nelson:
Yeah, that’s a great question. So usually the audience for this type of presentation is your steering committee, your executive sponsorship and project team leads. We don’t always share health assessments with the entire project team because like I’ve mentioned, some of the categories can be specific to team relations and those are the places where you need your steering c