Sometimes projects fail. Hollywood is littered with unfinished films, skeletons of failed businesses populate vacant buildings, and company mergers end in explosive fashion. We lose millions of dollars every year to failed projects, despite the best laid plans. However, most of these plans don’t account for the more covert dangers of the business world. In a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, Maja Mrsic describes the hidden dangers of project management:
- Scope creep
- Working with the wrong people
- Lack of resources
- A sponsor who leaves
- Not focusing on quality
- An inexperienced project manager
Highway to the Hidden Danger Zone
Clearly defining a project’s goal, cost, workforce, and completion date is one of the most important things to do to ensure everyone is on the same page. But a change in the scope of the project or a departure of a valued sponsor can happen at any time and can have a profound effect on the project itself. The life of the project is also highly dependent upon having the right skill sets at the right times on the team. Frustration can result when teams are understaffed or are having to tackle problems that fall outside their skill sets.
Another problem that can arise is miscommunication where no one realizes a miscommunication has occurred until it has become a big issue. Face-to-face conversations, or at least phone conversations, can often clear up details that might come across too vaguely in email. Something else not to leave to chance is project quality. Quality should be a constant part of the discussion, as if project deliverables are not ultimately up to snuff, it will just result in even more expenses later.
Mrsic goes on to say that the experience of a project manager also plays a major role in the life of a project:
The reason why some project managers fail to deliver positive results is not the lack of qualifications or certificate, but the inability to communicate ideas clearly and drive the initiative. A successful project manager should have exceptional social skills and should get the necessary training in project management.
For additional thoughts, you can view the original post here: https://www.girlsguidetopm.com/7-hidden-dangers-of-project-management-why-even-well-planned-projects-sometimes-fail/