Project pitfalls and how to avoid them

joannemilesconsulting

The challenging nature of projects

In every sector, projects have become a fact of life – and yet project management processes are often not in place. There is an expectation that projects will deliver business change, improved performance, greater outcomes, without sufficient attention being paid to the skills and approaches that deliver such success. This is unwise, as by their very nature projects are riddled with risks and pitfalls:

  • Their finite nature means that there is immense pressure on delivery at each stage – delays and glitches can impede progress and affect outcomes
  • Cross functional project teams can be difficult to manage due to conflicting agendas and cultures, resulting in communications issues
  • Integrating project work with other strategic imperatives and operational processes is a challenge. Initiatives can compete for attention and the lack of joined up planning can reduce the potential impact of project work

So for projects to succeed, organisations…

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