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Five Project Management Blunders (and How to Avoid Them)

An article for SiteProNews by Sean Crafts reveals the common mistakes that even seasoned veteran PMs make – UNLESS they stick to the following advice.

Scope

If no one on the project team understands the scope, there will be no way of knowing when the project is complete UNLESS you create a written scope agreement that gives project specifics for the team to understand and follow.

Project Delays

Without a defined work flow, employees have no way of knowing when a project begins or ends UNLESS the project manager assigns the right tasks to the right people using project management software to track workflows and deliverables and to follow up on weekly progress reports.

Team Member Confusion

When team members don’t know what they’re supposed to do or if the wrong tasks are given to the wrong people, disaster can ensue UNLESS the project manager evaluates the quality of their team members, delegates tasks when necessary, delineates roles, and communicates effectively.

Lack of Communication

The interconnectedness of a project warrants that team members and management communicate properly. FORTUNATELY, the solution is simple. Technology has offered convenient ways to collaborate in the form of Dropbox, Google Calander, and Conceptboard. Having regular meetings helps too.

Unforeseen Challenges

When strange problems crop up from nowhere, it can distract the PM from the overall project, leading to frustrating delays and disgruntled staff UNLESS risk is planned for. Watch out for the usual suspects like budget and schedule overages or changes in scope.

Read the full article at: http://www.sitepronews.com/2014/08/15/five-project-management-blunders-avoid/

About Eric Anderson

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Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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