When you have a large portfolio of projects under you, how do you know when a project is healthy or at risk? What indicators do you look for? What information do you request from project managers / task leaders, and how do you track it? Follow up question (just as important) -- Give a specific example of what you have done when you have identified a project risk. What was the risk? How did you identify it? What did you do about it?
I won't get into my detailed response here. I covered basics of project health / risk, such as quality, timeliness, budget, scope, staffing, client satisfaction, etc. I talked about anticipating, identifying, and mitigating risks and how to get out in front of risks. I talked about program / project dashboards, simplified reporting tools, taking early action, meetings with clients and PMs/leads, and developing trusting relationships with PMs/leads so that they view me as a partner and resource to help them rather than as a person who is monitoring and judging them.
Apr 13, 2015