Avoid Project Management Pitfalls
Evade project management pitfalls and save the day.
- IT organizations seem to do everything in projects, yet fewer than 15% successfully complete all deliverables on time and on budget.
- Project managers seem to succumb to the relentless pressure from stakeholders to deliver more, more quickly, with fewer resources, and with less support than is ideal.
- To achieve greater likelihood that your project will stay on track, watch out for the four big pitfalls: Scope Creep, Failure to Obtain Stakeholder Commitment, Inability to Assemble a Team, and Failure to Plan.
- While many project managers worry about proper planning as the key to project success, skilled management of the political factors around a project has a much greater impact on success.
- Alone, combating Scope Creep can improve your likelihood of success by a factor of 2x.
- A strong project sponsor will be key to fighting the inevitable battles to control scope and obtain resources.
Impact and Result
- Take steps to avoid falling into common project pitfalls.
- Assess which pitfalls threaten your project in its current state and take appropriate steps to avoid falling into them.
- Avoiding pitfalls will allow you to deliver value on-time and on-budget, creating the perception of success in users’ and managers’ eyes.
Detect project pitfalls.
Take action and mitigate a pitfall before it becomes a problem.
Document and report PM issues.
Learn from issues encountered to help map PM strategies for future projects.