MGI531 Project Recovery (8)

Theoretical project management uses a variety of theories, models and methodologies to deliver consistent results no matter what the project. However, in many cases these plans do not survive contact with the realities of project execution. The list of things that can seriously derail a project is endless, and the challenges to overcome them can be immense. These are the times when the standard methodologies fail to provide all the answers. This subject fills that gap. Project Management and Recovery (PMR) is a set of principles and concepts that are derived from practical experience and converted into a framework that can be universally applied to any failing project. This subject gives students the tools and knowledge to effectively recover a failing project and bring it back to a successful baseline and conclusion.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGI531. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in IT Masters relevant courses.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and synthesise the critical signs of a failing project and determine when recovery activities would be appropriate
  • be able to critically evaluate the potential responses to determine the most appropriate recovery strategy in each scenario
  • be able to devise and implement a project recovery strategy
  • be able to differentiate between project recovery strategies and different project methodologies
  • be able to explain and justify a project recovery strategy and its expectations to key stakeholders
  • be able to analyse information to judge when a project cannot be reasonably recovered and should instead be ended


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction - What Is Project Recovery?
  • Signs of A Failing Project
  • Magnitudes of Response
  • Recovery Activities
  • Recovery Strategy
  • Getting Buy-In for The Strategy
  • New Stakeholder Management
  • Recovering Different Methodologies
  • Project Termination
  • Project Normalisation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGI531 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
An online article discussion
A project recovery strategy
A project recovery scenario
A project recovery report

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.