When to Escalate Project Issues: Developing Control Limits and Escalation Plans

Mastering the Art of Project Communication

Effective communication lies at the heart of any successful project. One of the most challenging aspects of project management is knowing when and how to escalate issues. The questions of “when”, “who”, “how”, and “how much time to allow for correction” pose formidable challenges.

Project teams often establish control limits around critical parameters to prevent the overstepping of project boundaries, while also developing “escalation plans” for accurately communicating challenges when the need arises.

Creating Savvy Escalation Plans

An Escalation Plan is a well-defined approach designed to handle complications or issues that arise during the course of a project. It clearly outlines when and how an issue should be reported up the chain of command and helps prevent panic-induced, inappropriate, or unnecessary escalations. Having such a plan is synonymous with having a project safety net.

Control Limits and Their Importance

Just as a project plan guides the course of a project, control limits determine the boundaries within that course. These predefined parameters seek to maintain project quality and efficiency. Successful project management understands the delicate balance between keeping a tight rein on these parameters, while allowing for flexibility when required.

Timing Matters In Escalation

Knowing when to escalate an issue can be tricky. Optimizing this process requires a solid understanding of the following elements: The nature of the issue, its potential impact on the project, the stage of the project, and the likely time needed for solution execution.

The Who and the How of Escalation

Escalation isn’t about pointing fingers or assigning blame. It’s about engaging the right set of individuals to ensure prompt issue resolution. Identifying the correct person or team, detailing the problem clearly, expressing the potential impact, and suggesting possible actions for resolution are the keys to effective escalation.

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