Case Study – An Innovation Project Gone Bad

Case Study – An Innovation Project Gone Bad

In the area of management news, a recent case study in Harvard Business Review, covers an innovation project being managed by an experienced and skilled manager that goes astray. There is always “project risk” particularly where innovation and complexity come int play. If the realization of pending project demise comes too late, the outcome can be disastrous. Take a look at this case study…You realize much too late that your innovation project is in deep trouble.

“It shouldn’t happen, but it does: You realize much too late that your innovation project is in deep trouble. How did someone with your knowledge and training miss the signs of impending disaster? Were you misled by the data 

The challenge with any complex project is that many action steps or sub-project plans are large and complex. Helping people to deal with the size and complexity of any part of a project is critical to execution success. Projects, particularly large and mission critical ones, require a sense of urgency, team work and communication. As the Case Study shows, breaking complex parts of a project into bite-size sub-project action steps and giving adequate time for team members to act, will help insure success.

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