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Project Management: The 14 Most Common Mistakes IT Departments Make

This list of common mistakes made in the IT department spans not only project mistakes and oversights, but even larger, overarching mistakes (such as a lack of communication or involvement of sponsors). As Meridith Levinson explains:

Most of the project management mistakes IT departments make boil down to either a lack of adequate planning or breakdowns in communication (either among the project team or between the project team and the project sponsors). These mistakes can be fatal. They can also be avoided. And who better to point out the most common project management mistakes than project management vendors and consultants. (They also suggest ways to avoid them.)

Some of thebiggest mistakes include improper staffing (the wrong people with the wrong skills), lacking experienced project managers, no repeatable processes ““ or having too many processes. Levinson cites examples of how to avoid or mitigate all of the 14 mistakes listed, bringing insights from across the project management world.

About Richard Wood

Richard Wood has been the publisher of CAI's Accelerating IT Success newsletter since its inception in 2011. A Marketing Major at Cal Poly Pomona he has been working with Computer Aid since 2001. He can be reached at

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