Assuming you have prepared adequately and not the kind of buy-in you need up and down the organizational chart, with your key suppliers and stakeholders and you have launched your initiative with the best of intentions, you will undoubtedly face challenges. It’s one thing to start something new with high expectations and loud noise and proclamation. It is quite another to sustain a substantial initiative over a period of time through bumps in the road, adverse outcomes and necessary retooling.
If a project needs to be changed or scrapped, a formal and official decision needs to be made, team members need to be informed and the new scope or the termination needs to be clear and obvious. In the case of a scrapped project, team members must clearly understand the reasons for the termination and they also need to understand that it was not their fault and they bear no responsibility for the decision unless there was a clear failing on the part of the team.