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5 Easy Steps to Maximize Project Management Failure

Doing well at project management is hard. There is just so much to do and to do it well takes time and effort. But being terrible at it can be so much easier to pull off. In an article from CIO Australia, Colin Ellis lays out the blueprint for failure in five easy steps:

  • Set unrealistic targets.
  • Ensure senior managers don’t have time for governance.
  • Skip planning.
  • Invest in processes but not leadership.
  • Make everyone project manager.

Divide and Squander

At no point in the road to failure should you ever consider consulting a journal or a list of ways to succeed. Experts are only good at success. They don’t know how to bury a project under unrealistic goals. Put the target way beyond anything remotely close so you can hire as many people as possible.

Making sure of your team’s downfall should be top priority, so do not make the rookie mistake of allowing senior managers to have free time. They should have more projects than what they know to do with, which is the point. Focusing on a single project might result in completion, which should be avoided at all costs. That said, make sure there’s no importance placed on leadership. Everyone needs a management position to keep them occupied and there needs to be a variety of things that don’t matter to occupy their time. This will make sure the company remains stagnant and nothing changes at all.

Ellis even goes so far as to provide a variety of sources to avoid:

The Standish Group’s annual Chaos Report outlines the factors that make projects successful. You should ignore this, particularly the bit around the importance of having emotionally mature people.

Similarly, the Project Management Institute’s “Pulse of the Profession” report’s blueprint for success, or ‘champions’ as the institute calls them, would just be a distraction.

Ultimately the ability to suck at project management is laid out in front of you. Chin up, champ; there’s a long road ahead and a lot of wrong turns to take. You can view the original article here:

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