Risk Management

3 Reasons Your Project Team Can’t Meet Delivery Deadlines

Time is slipping, and your team is slipping with it. What happened that the project just seems to be getting away from you? In an article at DZone, Fred Wilson discusses three probable culprits:

  1. Over-commitment
  2. Not resolving issues on time
  3. Communication failure

Time Isn’t on Your Side

One sure way to miss deadlines is to commit to too many of them. Or even more likely, the team has committed to a lot of work because there are not clear time schedules and delivery dates. Teams cannot be sure how much work they are taking on when the work is not clearly defined. Thus, tighter project scopes and timelines must be provided if the right amount of resources is to be assigned to it.

Next, about not resolving issues on time, Wilson writes this:

Once the project has started, the project management office is responsible for resolving any issues that arise in a timely manner. The issues and risks projects have to face can vary from the expected like team members going on leave to the unexpected like a team member leaving the firm.

The project management office analyzes project risks at the start of the project and devises a plan to resolve these issues efficiently and quickly. However, it is essential that the issues should be resolved.

While it is easier to put aside any unforeseen problems that arise, failure to tackle these issues might result in the project not completing on time.

Lastly, no list of reasons for project delays is complete without discussing communication failure. From the sponsor to the project manager to the team and stakeholders, communication must be clear and ongoing. It clarifies role expectations and work obligations and objectives. When obligations and objectives are not clear, it will impact project delivery.

For additional thoughts, you can view the original article here: https://dzone.com/articles/3-reasons-your-project-team-is-unable-to-meet-deli

John Friscia

John Friscia was the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success from 2015 through 2018. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and grew in every possible way in his time there. John graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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