The common project management pitfalls

Most often we come across projects shelved because of poor execution or projects overshooting budgets, time etc.  These issues can be prevented from occurring if the right steps are taken. In this article we try to highlight the possible causes for project management pitfalls.  Earlier there used to be an additional issue of absence of project status updates, which can now be easily averted because of the advent of both desktop and web based project management software solutions. The issues discussed here are the top seven project management mistakes which if avoided can ensure that your project is delivered as per the business and IT needs within time and budget.

  1. Project resources mismatch: This is by far the most common of the mistakes that can occur. Though everyone knows the importance of right skills matching, identifying the resources that match is very difficult.
  2. Project manager inexperience: If the project manager does not have the requisite experience and the confidence, projects can spiral out of control before you know.  A good project manager should not only be strong in the technical and business fields but should be competent in the soft skills.
  3. Project management methods: The importance of following proven project management methodology cannot be understated.  Choosing the right methodology to follow is critical as it helps in efficient handling of project tasks and phases as a whole.
  4. Adherence to process: Too much of rigidity in terms of process can kill the project itself. The project processes and the people should be flexible to make the necessary changes as the project progresses.
  5. Project ballooning: This is a very common issue. Most often because of the absence of change request process, the frequent change requests will add on to the project timeline and lead to ballooning scope. There has to be a formal process for acting on in scope change requests.
  6. Project Planning and scope:  Usually it is seen that care is not taken while defining project scope. If the scope is not defined and the project is not planned very soon one can lose control of the project’s direction and depth.
  7. Identification of dependencies: It is important to understand that project execution does not happen in isolation. It will help to check on the other projects being executed and the people dependencies so that the ripple effect can be curbed.

And the most important of all- Murphy’s Law. Even project management cannot escape from it!

Radhika Chittoor

Radhika Chittoor

15 years of experience in presales and marketing. I have helped companies set up their sales & marketing teams.

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