It’s a well known fact that a large number of projects fail. Humans have been engaged in project management for thousands of years (think about the pyramids for example). Given this, why do so many projects still fail? The most common reasons are listed below:
• Poor commitment from management: if management are not supporting the project then it will be very difficult to get things done
• Bad expectation management: if the project manager manages stakeholders expectations poorly then even if the project succeeds if may be considered a failure by those who judge it
• Unrealistic schedule: it’s a common mistake to be too aggressive in the scheduling – A bad team: even with all the support in the world, a bad team will not deliver. On the other hand, a good team always seems to deliver no matter what the challenges are thrown in its way
• Poorly defined objectives: if you don’t know precisely what the objectives of the project are, that is, under exactly what circumstances the project will be finished, then you are likely to both create the wrong deliverables and not know when you’re done
• No change control: without rigorous change control features stakeholders can keep adding requirements to the project without changing the budget or schedule, thus leading to the project quickly growing out of control.
Now that you understand the major reasons why projects which start with good intentions turn into nightmares, you might want to consider giving some thought to the issues above in any projects you are managing. You can see that a lot of the issues are not about the work done within the team itself, but how the project interacts with and is perceived by stakeholders.
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Original Author : Arval Deco
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