Even the most well planned project can run into roadblocks, either due to known risks or errors. Here is a list of ten of the most common mistakes made in project management that impact the progress of projects.
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#1 Wrong Fit To Helm The Project
A project needs to be helmed by a project manager with the right qualification and experience. A wrong fit will derail the project across its lifecycle.
#2 Wrong Start
Getting the start right is paramount to the success of a project. Project managers need to ensure that the project is initiated properly.
#3 Poor Communication
A project manager needs to communicate lucidly and frequently with team members. Lack of communication will lead to confusion and a lack of clarity on operational issues.
#4 Mismanaging Priorities
It is necessary to get the priorities rights. Without a set of priorities, it would not be possible to manage or micromanage tasks and their execution.
#5 Inability To Incorporate Changes In Scope Of Project
The scope of a project is likely to change midway with the inclusion of additional requirements or modifications. Project managers need to possess the ability to handle the dynamic changes in project scope.
#6 Avoiding Specialized Project Management Tools
Project management tools possess the power to assist and streamline control over the execution of the project, in addition to disseminating information.
#7 Miscalculation Of Budget
A wrong budget projection can seriously derail a project. It is necessary to get the projections right, while maintaining contingency to meet additional expenses due to change in scope.
#8 Getting The Timelines Wrong
Timelines are crucial aspects and project managers who get the timelines wrong will throw the schedules haywire. Care needs to be taken to get the timelines as close as possible.
#9 Improper Man Management
Without the efforts of a team, projects will make no headway. It is necessary to have a cohesive unit in place and to manage the resources effectively for results.
#10 Tackling A Large Project Without Dividing It Into Manageable Proportions
A large project can appear overwhelming to all members of the team. It is necessary to divide a project into small manageable portions with little milestones for tackling it easier.