Step 12: Know when to ask for help

Bernie Klinder, Founder,

If your project is failing, don't wait until it is sunk before asking for assistance. Be upfront with your managers, sponsors, or stakeholders if your overwhelmed, don't have the resources you need, or if you're just not up to the challenge. There is a difference between missing goals and deadlines and allowing a project to spiral out of control and become an expensive disaster.


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  Home: Introduction
  Step 01: Identify sponsors and stakeholders
  Step 02: Get a champion in top management
  Step 03: Clear goals and achievable, objective deliverables
  Step 04: Own the planning process
  Step 05: Establish a methodology
  Step 06: Be honest about your abilities
  Step 07: Make sure you have the resources
  Step 08: Assemble the best team you can
  Step 09: Communicate early and often
  Step 10: Establish clear metrics
  Step 11: Keep your deliverables in mind
  Step 12: Know when to ask for help

Bernie Klinder, MVP, consultant
Bernie Klinder is a technology consultant for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is also the founder and former editor of, a comprehensive resource index for IT professionals who support Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and BackOffice products. For his contributions to the information technology community, Bernie was selected as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft. Copyright 2004 TechTarget

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