September 2013

Kill Switch

CHAOS TuesdayConversations in CHAOS – #23: Kill Switch. This show is all about a project kill switch or a project exit strategy. To help understand exit strategies our guest on this CHAOS Tuesday is Kerri Salls, the founder of This Way Out Group LLC. Most CIOs say it is important to know when to pull the plug on a 3 most important points in setting up a kill switch failing project. These same CIOs say it is difficult and they are poorly skilled.  From this research we came up with the notion of the kill switch.  A project’s kill switch is a device to cause the project to cease living. It is normally set to go off when certain milestones or tasks have not been met. It is to prevent a death march on projects that have no hope of success. Projects that have been determined to have high risks should always have a kill switch. In this program we explore:

  • 3 most common mistakes in using a kill switch
  • How to manage a kill switch
  • Project Manager’s role in using a kill switch
  • Politics of a kill switch

Part of CHAOS Tuesday: looks at resources that an organization can use to create and manage a kill switch.


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Kerri Salls

Kerri Salls is the founder of This Way Out Group LLC where she is creating a new paradigm offering the most comprehensive collaborative solution to help business owners sell/scale or develop their successor(s), so they can optimize growth, maximize value in the business, and produce a buyer attractive business, which will guarantee the owner achieves their exit to reinvention; fulfills their legacy; and leaves a dynasty. Kerri Salls is also a host of her own show, of This Way Out, on the UR Business Network.



Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


Rick Brutti

Rick Brutti has more than 30 years as an entrepreneur and business consultant, assisting companies in raising capital and financial management.


Steve Swartz

Steve Swartz is CEO at SIZZLE PR. Steve is a veteran in public relations, marketing strategies, promotional concepts and direct sales using online, print, broadcast and cable media.


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