Avoid Project Management Pitfalls

Evade project management pitfalls and save the day.

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Your Challenge

  • 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.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • 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.

Avoid Project Management Pitfalls

1

Learn about common PM pitfalls and the strategies to avoid them.

Consistently meet project goals through enhanced PM knowledge and awareness.

2

Detect project pitfalls.

Take action and mitigate a pitfall before it becomes a problem.

3

Document and report PM issues.

Learn from issues encountered to help map PM strategies for future projects.

Search Code: 36668
Published: November 8, 2010
Last Revised: November 9, 2010