Risk Management

Do You Avoid These Common Project Management Mistakes?

You only know you’ve mismanaged a project once something has broken. These slip-ups can result in going way over budget or a lot more time being spent on the project than anticipated. Even the best project managers can fall prey to these blunders. In an article for CIO.com, Jennifer Lonoff Schiff explains what some of these mistakes are and how to avoid them.

Melting Away Mismanagement

Lonoff Schiff says that avoiding these mistakes comes from the very beginning of your team’s time together. You need to meet with everyone in your team and establish what the goals are right at the start. This will help build their confidence going into their work, big or small. You should also aim to further break down the bigger projects into more bite-sized pieces for your team. That said, remind both your team and yourself which projects and tasks are of the highest priority from day to day.

Another aspect to note is that you’re also managing people, not solely the business aspects like the scope or cost. Make sure to schedule check-ins with everyone involved to make sure their vision of the project is working with the progress being made. Just as you’re communicating with stakeholders, you should similarly make sure you’re regularly communicating with your team. Establishing a solid means and frequency of communication is essential to your project’s success.

Scope creep is something that affects all projects and occurs, as the name implies, slowly. Keeping changes under control and keeping them from getting out of hand is important to your team’s success. Lonoff Schiff also stresses the importance of using the project management tools at your disposal.

Lastly, failure to readjust course when a project is failing is another common mistake. About this, Lonoff Schiff shares this:

That’s why it is essential to “create a vehicle for transparent and truthful reporting… [that] provides executive stakeholders with information that allows for good, timely decision making,” [Brandon Evans, CTO of Changepoint] says. That way, “if the project is strategically important, [and something goes wrong,] the business can change course and [help the project to] become successful by adjusting [the] budget, resources and/or delivery expectations.”

You can view the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/2391872/project-management/8-common-project-management-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them.html

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