Project Pitfalls and Solutions

Project Pitfalls and Solutions

Project Pitfalls and Solutions

Danger: You’re assigned to a project after it was approved, and are accountable for issues that arose before you came on board.

Projects fail more than half the time, according to industry research, and too often it’s easy to blame the tech stuff instead of the people who really screwed up. Technology, after all, doesn’t have feelings or a family to feed. But IT project managers and team members have figured out that human behavior is often the root cause of these failures. In the book, "Succeeding in the Project Management Jungle: How to Manage the People Side of Projects" (Amacom/Available now), author Doug Russell outlines a number of classic project pitfalls that stem from shortcomings such as bad planning, a lack of focus or a dysfunctional work culture. By cultivating traits such as transparency, accountability, trust, leadership and results-based execution within your teams, these obstacles can be overcome, says Russell, a high-tech/knowledge-worker manager with more than 25 years of experience at companies such as Motorola and Intel, and the U.S. Department of Defense. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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