failure is not an option
Organizations spend a lot capital to ensure that projects are successfully executed in their organizations. Rightfully so! Yet, even the best organizations have experienced a mission critical project under critical duress. These projects are usually under deadlines that are driven by critical business or mandatory regulatory demands. In other words, failure is not an option. Saving a project of this nature requires a unique skill set and approach. Here are three pertinent ideas to keep in mind.
It is not a surprise that different stakeholders in the project are pointing fingers at each other at this stage of the game. Human nature. Your problem is that this expense of "energy" is not accomplishing a darn thing. Someone without any skin in the game needs to get involved.
Who shot john?
If you elect to find someone to save the project, one thing has to be clear. The individual is here to get the project complete. Not figure out how it got to where it is. If that's important, have someone else work on that POST project. At this stage of the project, it is wasted energy in so many ways. The new project executive's role is to get the project over the goal line. Period.
start at the beginning
It's always fascinating that projects gone awry, have often times "lost" the focus on the actual, FUNDAMENTAL business value they were supposed to achieve.
Consequently, a very hard look at the project's current specifications and requirements by an objective third party has to be the first and perhaps most difficult task. This requires a unique blend of technical, analytical, and people facilitation skills.