Projects at Work

Phasing and Staging

Your organization is undertaking a major new project that will have a significant impact across the board. If we know anything about project risk, we know the bigger they are the harder they fail. What can you do to improve your chances of success? Here are some approaches to consider that will ensure your organization gets value out of the undertaking.

Drew Davison

Principal, Davison Consulting

Drew is the author of Project Pre-check, the Stakeholder Practice for Su…
This is the eighth article in a series on best practices for managing change initiatives. Instead of focusing on common, if still misunderstood, techniques such as business cases, risk management and change control, this series explores some lesser known and underused practices that can make a fundamental difference to the success of a project.
The September 2006 issue of Baseline Magazine included an article on the Top 10 Project Pitfalls You Can Avoid. Number 1 on the list? A project's scope is too monolithic and gargantuan. Here’s the example they used:
In 2001, McDonald's planned to spend $1 billion over five years to tie all …

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