“It must be remembered that project management is first and foremost a philosophy of management, not an elaborate set of tools and techniques. It will only be as effective as the people who use it.”- Bryce’s Law
I have written in previous posts, that project management is more art than science. We can all be PMs but how many of us are successful at it? I have seen simple projects go off track as well as million dollar projects. It’s not uncommon for projects to fail. When a project begins to show signs of stress and failure, everyone looks to the project manager for answers.
There are many reasons why projects (both simple and complex) fail; the number of reasons can be infinite. However, the most common reasons for failure are:
- Inadequately trained and/or inexperienced project managers
- Failure to set and manage expectations
- Lack of User Involvement
- Long or Unrealistic Time Scales
- Poor leadership at any and all levels
- Failure to adequately identify, document and track requirements
- Poor plans and planning processes
- Poor effort estimation
- Cultural and ethical misalignment
- Misalignment between the project team and the business
- Inadequate or misused methods
- Inadequate communication, including progress tracking and reporting
The most important thing you, as project manager, have to do is to make sure that everyone involved has a clear understanding of what the objectives are. It is essential that you have a solid understanding of the enterprise’s business objectives so that you can continually measure your projects in terms of delivering these business objectives.