Failed project management

5 reasons your project management will FAIL

Have you ever wondered why your project management is failing as a project manager? You’ve spent weeks or months in preparation for the task, only to see that the work has gone up in flames. Why is this happening? In this little article, I will give you 5 reasons why your projects are failing and how you can avoid this!

1. Assigning the wrong person to the task

Why do you think MI6 assigns missions to James Bond? Because he’s an ‘OK’ agent? NO! They assign him because he’s the most valuable to the organisation and gets everything done.
In the same way, project management should be assigned to the right manager. Many people in organisations assign anyone who is available at that time. That’s the wrong way to go about it. Assigning the right project manager is about choosing one that has the experience and knowledge to deal with the project management in hand. If you want a successful project, assign the right people for the project management role.

2. Juggling many projects at once

Projects are meant to be taken seriously. It’s not meant to be something you do ‘adequately’. That’s the reason many projects fail. In order to combat this, the best thing to do is focus all of your attention on the project in hand. Forget about adding new projects in the mix. Wait until the project you are doing is successful. If it’s not, keep working at it until it is. Only then are you allowed to move on to create new projects. Multitasking slows down product creation, delivers cheaper quality services/products and can also affect people lower in the hierarchy.

3. Tightened deadlines

In the world of software development, keeping the client happy is a must. It’s one of the main principles you must follow if you want repeat business. However, most project managers are overly keen on making their clients happy that they are slowly degrading the quality of the workforce and the end product. Employees must also be kept happy and giving them aggressive deadlines not only affects employee’s morale, but also affects the quality of the product/service.
The best solution to this would be to have software which times everything you do. Make sure that everything that adds value is done systematically and does not affect the product negatively.

4. Micro-managing

This is one of the most frustrating ones that employees hate to endure. Who wants a project manager breathing down their neck every second of every day? I know I wouldn’t!
Micro-managing can do more harm than good. Showing up unannounced to check up on projects can be a scary moment for employees. There’s more pressure and stress they have to go through in order to keep the project manager happy.

If you are doing this, you need to stop.

The BETTER way to handle the management is to set dates for the employees to show what they have done. Before the project has even started, let them know that there will be visit once a week where they showcase what they have produced for the project. Doing this will allow the employees to create their own little deadlines for the week in order to finish the work.

This also allows for more communication within the project. Employees are more likely to ask for help when stuck and give advice to other co-workers on the project in order to improve it.

5. Failing to have everyone on board from the get go

The worst thing about starting a project is having employees being apathetic towards it. If you have employees on the project who are not motivated and do not pose any interest, the project is already doomed.
Employees LOVE validation. If they see that you realise they are a valuable asset to the organisation, their motivations for projects will increase as well as their drive to succeed. The best way to do this is to have a system where they are instantly recognised for their good work. An instant appraisal system is designed to reward good work from employees.

If employees see that doing good work within a project may lead to pay increases and bonuses in the long run, they may be inclined to work harder in order to meet targets.

In the short term, rewarding employees with free dinner and bottles of fine wine may also increase their motivation to complete projects.

That’s all from this article. Comment below if you feel I may have missed something out or if you just want to share your tips on how to create successful projects.