Have your stakeholders stopped screaming, Clarese?
As reported in Computerworld, a study by a Utah-based training firm found that the biggest cause of project failure is the inability of project managers to effectively confront management and key stakeholders on five major sensitive areas.
Here’s an excerpt:
According to David Maxfield, director of research at Vital Smarts, the five
situations include the following:
- Setting arbitrary deadlines and inadequate resources that “set up a project to fail.”
- Failing to provide the necessary leadership, political clout or energy for a project.
- Skirting or manipulating the project priority-setting process.
- An unwillingness by team members to support projects as required.
- Failing to acknowledge project problems until it’s too late for remedial action.
These findings were based on interviews with more than 800 project managers and over 150 hours of observation. The article stresses the importance of standing up to management, which may seem intimidating, but no worse than what’ll happen if you don’t stand up and the project fails.
This one’s well worth reading, folks. Speaking up early is a key lesson that can avoid many problems later. Here’s the article…