Project Management

Failure in Project Management? 7 Steps to Avoid It

Project failure can because of numerous reasons, poor project management is one of them. From the conception to its completion, as a manager, you must lead to a beneficial end. In this article at Project Times, Christine Maugustus shares the 7 steps that you can employ to avoid project management failure.

7 Steps to Project Management Success

As a manager, you must look after all the aspects of project management and make the project a success. After all, the company is investing in the project and relying on you to receive benefits. However, despite the best efforts projects fail. Here are the tactics you can follow to avoid failing in project management:

  1. Common Causes of Failure: Find out the most common reasons because of which projects fail—communication, project plan, risk management. Also, have a close look at where your organization lags or you might face the problem later. Make plans and constantly monitor those areas to avoid those becoming the main reason for your project failure.
  2. Building Up the Strong Points: Project management can be successful when you know what your weak points are and which you need to improve on. Weigh the strengths you have at the start of the project. Your team is going to pull the majority of the weight. Motivate them to become your strength.
  3. Planning Cautiously: The majority of the project managers do not work much on project planning. They feel that the time that would go in planning could be invested better in implementation. However, when you plan, you foresee the challenges and be prepared to face those. Though you must start the project as early as possible, slow down and plan. You will not get to plan with a cool mind once the project starts.
  4. Facts Matter: Appropriate scheduling is part of your project management skills. Do not set a deadline that cannot be achieved by your team. Your stakeholders will be impressed with shorter deadlines but will question you if you fail to honor the committed timeline. At the end of the day, they want quality deliverables, not a fast delivery service.
  5. Project Tracking: Know where you are running late to tweak certain activities and make up for the lost time. Verbal commitments fail, so one of your project management activities should be to track. Use a software to track the progress, resource availability, goals achieved, etc.
  6. Communication: Once the stakeholders and the team meet at the initial phase, they hardly meet in between. However, project management involves keeping an open communication channel between the stakeholders and the team. Let the stakeholders know the status of your project before they come up and ask.
  7. Surprise, Surprise: Even after all the planning, negotiation, and communication expect something unexpected. A resource gets pulled to another team, a stakeholder adds another feature with no timeline extension. So, create enough buffer to prevent a scope creep.

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