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How do we move a project from yellow state to green?

asked 9 years ago by anonymous edited 9 years ago by MaplePM

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Yellow (sometimes it can be orange or amber) and green are both project status indicators (read more about the project status indicators here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1960/what-are-the-project-status-indicators ). Yellow means that the project is experiencing some problems, and is either slightly delayed or over-budget (or both). The project at this point is not beyond redemption at all, and it can be returned to the green (health) state by doing the following:

- Controlling change requests through a rigid change control process
- Advising the project sponsor of the situation ( the project sponsor  may offer some suggestions)
- Ensuring that there is no gold plating on your project by your team members
- Monitoring the tasks more closely, and reacting pro-actively if a task is slightly delayed
- If cost is not an issue, then you can throw more resources to work on the project, but beware, that by increasing the resources, you will increase the communication channels, which may slow down the project instead of accelerating it.

If you have tried the above and it didn't work, then what you can do is:

- Freeze all changes (which means that you no longer accept any change until the project is done, or at least restored to the green state)
- Re-negotiate the schedule/cost/scope baseline with your client. If the client agrees then you can easily move your project to the green again, but note that you client may not be "as flexible" the next time you want to re-baseline.
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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