10 Most Common Problems In Projects

Author -  Dan Skelsey

... and the one smart thing you can do to avoid them.

Every project is different and unique – however projects that fail usually do so as a result of similar types of problems. Finding examples of failed projects is not difficult, but making a fair assessment of the issues that caused failure may not be quite as easy. Projects can be completed on time and within budget and still fail – if a project does not deliver the expected results and quality, it can hardly be judged as successful. We’re taking a look at the ten most common problems that derail projects.problems_projects.jpg

1.    Poor Planning – includes not prioritizing effectively, not having a proper business plan, not breaking down the development into phases.

2.    Lack of Leadership – If the Project Manager lacks the relevant business/management expertise this will lead to poor decision making.

3.    People Problems – leads to unresolved conflicts which could have a detrimental effect on the project.  A Project Manager needs expert communication skills to keep everybody on board and in agreement.

4.    Vague/Changing Requirements – it’s essential that the project requirements are defined clearly and completely from the start.  Change requests can cause the project to drift and miss deadlines.

5.    Lifecycle Problems – often caused by poor planning or changing requirements.  Initial testing techniques should be rigorous in order to avoid repeated errors.

6.    Inefficient Communication Process – it’s vital to keep everybody informed on the project status at all times.  Lack of efficient communication will lead to errors and delays.

7.    Inadequate Funding – this issue is most likely to affect projects with changing requirements.

8.    Stakeholder Approval – effective stakeholder management is the ability to identify individuals affected by/likely to affect the successful outcome of the project.  A skilled project manager will ensure a collaborative working environment where project phases can be analyzed and discussed by all stakeholders.

9.    Schedule absence – no Established Schedule for tasks, operational activities and objectives.
 
10.    Missed Deadlines – delays in phases of the project leading to a missed deadline for the project.

Being a Project Manager is a Pretty Tall Order

According to Fredrik Haren, author of The Idea Book and speaker on innovation:

“PMs are the most creative pros in the world; we have to figure out everything that could go wrong, before it does.”

So, just how do we learn to figure out everything that could go wrong before it does?  Do you need some sort of ability to see into the future?  How do you equip yourself with all the skills and tools you need to keep your projects running smoothly?

No Clairvoyance Needed

If you want to avoid the ten most common problems in projects, the answer is simple - upskill yourself and gain the qualifications and knowledge necessary to see - and avoid - problems before they happen. That's what APMG PRINCE2 is all about. Both the Foundation and the more advanced Practitioner course are designed to give you the 'practical know how' across all facets of business management. Wherever you are, whatever your market sector, it’s possible to learn the business and management skills you need to bring your projects to success within budget and within deadline.

At Project Laneways we specialise in training business professionals in the skills they need to ensure success. Our PRINCE2 Course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to work on or manage projects to ensure a successful outcome.
 
If you’d like to become an internationally recognised PRINCE2 registered practitioner, click here for our PRINCE2 course details, or call us on 03 9038 9236 

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