5 Project Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Adriana Girdler

Preventing Project Failure There are countless risks, hurdles, and obstacles that can derail a project. As a project manager, arming yourself with the right knowledge …

Preventing Project Failure

There are countless risks, hurdles, and obstacles that can derail a project. As a project manager, arming yourself with the right knowledge can often mean the difference between failure or success.

Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons projects fail, and what you can do to avoid them.

Pitfall #1 – Scope Creep

This problem shows up sooner or later on every project. Scope creep is uncontrolled changes to your project’s scope due to interference from stakeholders or from misunderstandings on your part as the project manager.

Getting clarity on project priorities from the very beginning will help you avoid scope creep, as will putting a change control process in place to deal with requests for change that come your way as PM.

You can’t keep team members, executives, and other stakeholders from asking for changes, but when you’re clear on project priorities and you have a system for handling requests, you can keep scope creep from negatively impacting the scope, time, and budget of your project.

4 More Project Pitfalls

There are four more project predicaments I’d like to help you avoid, and I cover them in detail in my latest video. It explains:

  • How to set yourself up to avoid constant project firefighting
  • A simple approach guaranteed to minimize confusion for the entire project team
  • What to do before your kick off meeting to ensure you have the right senior support
  • The one critical project element you want to keep well-organized

Follow me over to YouTube to watch the full video and learn all about how to avoid project failure!

If you want to ensure you not only steer clear of project failure, but also have highly successful projects, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques you need to excel as a project manager.

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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