Are you in over your head?

As project management training veterans, we’ve seen it before. Oftentimes, it goes something like this:

Someone claiming to be an experienced project manager volunteers to spearhead your new business initiative. Likely they’re in a leadership position, so no one questions their qualifications or project management experience. The announcement goes out, meetings are scheduled, people are hired, and expectations are set that first week.

Six months later you check in with the project team, reasonably expecting to see what they’ve been diligently working on for the past months; after all, you already have a demo planned for your leadership team. You quickly realize there isn’t much to see at all, the team is unsure of their next steps, costs are spiraling out of control, and you have nothing to show for all the time and resources invested in this initiative.