Posted in Project Management, Why Projects Fail | Posted on 19-02-2010 | 1,400 views|
Are you furious about high rates of failing projects? does it bother you? project failure has been a hot topic for many years, companies and countries lose billions every year because of projects failure, look around you will find many stumbling projects, if you are unhappy about project failure, stop talking and start acting, we need to help out first time project managers and so this is a little initiative that hopefully can make a change!
If you want to get figures please have a look at project failure reports, the most famous report is Standish Group Chaos Report, another comprehensive report that is addressing project failure is The Project Management Benchmark Report 2010 released by Arras People
Starters need guidance and first time project managers are no exception, many PMP aspirants mistakenly think that as soon as they pass the PMP exam they will be ready to manage projects to success, however we all know that this is not the situation in the real world, it is sad that the main focus of PMP aspirants is to pass the exam and get the three magic letters (TML) next to their names! rather than trying to deeply grasp and implement what they learn.
Just like you, I am not happy about project failure, even though I lately have started to write about project failure, I always try to refrain from looking at the empty half only and try giving advises and recommendations next to each failure pattern based on my humble experience, I have strong belief that the project manager himself is one of the major reasons for project failure, either intentionally or unintentionally the project manger can lead the project to failure, and so I believe that experienced project managers should mentor and guide First Time Project Managers, there are great project managers on Twitter (#PMOT) who transmit valuable information every minute, and discuss hot project management topics, these project managers should also mentor and lead First Time Project Managers, I will start a new hashtag called #FTPM, and will try to give tips that FTPM can read, hope also PMOT will start submitting links about core project management practices and techniques, I strongly believe that a manager can be successful if he doesn’t forget the basics!
Why Do I start this FTPM Initiative?
Well, the project manager can make be number 1 reason for project failure, I will tell you why I believe so:
- If the project manager fail to influence the project from the beginning and does not highlight the importance of the Critical Success Factors (CSF) of the project, the project will be very likely to fail, read Why Projects Fail – Initiation Phase
- The Project Manager can be number 1 reason for project failure for many reasons such as lack of education or adopting an autocratic management style, I have addressed all these reasons in Why Projects Fail Because of Project Managers
- If the Project Manager does not have enough experience to effectively deal with vendors/suppliers the project can fail because of contractual terms or buying an inadequate product, Read Why Projects Fail Because of Procurement
- If the project manager is always submissive or a doormat the project will eventually suffer from scope creep and gold plating and will be very likely to fail, the project manager must stand his ground and say NO when he has to say it, Read The Doormat Project Manager Syndrome
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Project failure affects the reputation of the project management profession and we have to act on it, it is sad that everyone is speaking about project failure but no action is really getting taken, while project management education is important but people blindly seek PMP and it has proven that it is not the silver bullet
What do you think? What should we do to help out the First Time Project Managers? If you are FTPM how would you want to be helped? If you are on Twitter please start using #FTPM, I’d love to hear from you!