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5 Project Questions that Will Make You Feel Uncomfortable

Social interactions can often leave a person feeling baffled, confused, and uncomfortable. In a post for the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall lays out five questions that make people confront their project problems directly:

  1. Why do you avoid the project sponsor?
  2. Why do you skip planning?
  3. Why do you fail to rest?
  4. Why do you never say “no?”
  5. Why do you fail to manage your risks?

Finding the Awkward Truth

Although these five questions make people feel unsettled, they indicate a larger problem that needs addressed. Understanding why these topics illicit these feelings will help a person reach their full, effective potential.

The first of these questions asks why there is avoidance with the project sponsor. This relationship is crucial for project success, and without a strong relationship, the project is doomed to fail. There is also the question why there was inadequate planning. “Proper planning prevents poor performance.” Look back over the past few projects and be honest about where planning lacked and caused problems for the team.

It is important to take time to rest, so why did that not happen? Working endlessly is ineffective and causes managers to not perform at their best. This leads into why “no” was never uttered. It is okay to say “no,” to take a step back and say you are taking on too much. No one is going to think less of you, and you can make them happy by performing your other duties superlatively.

Some project managers believe they know every risk associated with a project but fail to verbalize them to their team. They simply need to identify, assess, and respond to the risks to prevent failure.  Do not keep it a subconscious thought.

Be honest with yourself and willing to ask the hard questions. These questions may just help to guide future success. You can read the original post here:

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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