3 Mistakes Every Failing Project Manager Makes

Adriana Girdler

What mistakes to avoid if you want a successful project Let’s face it: Every project needs a bit of TLC so it can be a …

What mistakes to avoid if you want a successful project

Let’s face it: Every project needs a bit of TLC so it can be a smashing success.

There are a few mistakes every failing project manager makes that you absolutely need to avoid… and you’d be surprised how common these mistakes are.

From the initiation stage to the closing of the project, there is so much effort that goes into a project and so many details you can’t forget.

So, let’s talk about the biggest mistakes project managers make that lead their project to failure.

Mistake #1: Lack of change control process

Change control doesn’t have to be complex.

It can be a simple, seamless process.

Change control is all about managing changes to scope, time, and budget so that they don’t impact your project to the point of derailing it.

You can’t make changes to scope, time, or budget without it having an impact on something, which is why having an effective change control process is so important.

In the beginning of your project, you need to document your change control process so that it becomes a tool that helps you make strategic decisions and keep your project on track.

There are times you’ll have to make changes in the middle of your project, but it’s critical to understand the impact of this.

Having a change control process gives you structure – even if it’s simple – that will ensure your project doesn’t get derailed by potential changes.

More mistakes failing project managers make

There are a couple more common mistakes I see project managers making all the time that I want to make sure you avoid.

Head over to my YouTube channel because I just posted a new video where I go into 3 mistakes every failing project manager makes so that you can avoid them.

And if you want more step-by-step guides on all things project management, check out my SLAY Project Management online course where I take you through all the steps of successfully managing a project – including documentation – from start to close. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to use them.

 Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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