13 companies contributed interviews towards this research. All participants requested confidentiality.
- 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.
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