SLAYing Common Project Management Challenges

Adriana Girdler

Strategic solutions to smooth your project management path! There are a number of common project management challenges that trip organizations up all the time, and …

Strategic solutions to smooth your project management path!

There are a number of common project management challenges that trip organizations up all the time, and they make life really tough for project managers. By knowing about these challenges in advance, and arming yourself with strategic solutions, you can quickly combat them and keep your projects from stalling out.

Challenge one: unclear direction

This one comes up all the time – an organization has an idea and wants to execute a project, but their senior executive team is unclear on what exactly everyone is supposed to do.

Not only does unclear direction start projects on the wrong foot, but it inevitably trickles down to the people executing the project, resulting in costly assumptions and a ton of rework.

What’s the solution to combat this?

The executive team needs to get crystal clear on what they want to happen on the project from the very start. When you as project manager get your marching orders, you need to step up, ask for clear direction from your sponsor and executive team, and spend time fully flushing out the project’s scope.

Not only will that keep you and your project team from wasting time and energy as the project unfolds, but it will also save the organization a ton of money as well.

A few other common project management challenges

There are some other challenges that commonly show up on projects and I explain them in my latest YouTube video. Here’s a sneak peak at what I cover:

  • How disengaged stakeholders create big problems (I have solutions!)
  • Preventing scope creep from paralyzing your projects
  • How unclear expectations and a lack of accountability lead to unmet deadlines (I spell out steps to avoid this!)

Knowing what to watch for, and having strategic solutions at the ready will go a long way towards smoothing your project management path. Join me over in YouTube to learn more.

I dive into strategies and solutions for every stage of the project management cycle in my SLAY Project Management online course. It also gives you every template you need to manage a project, along with detailed video instructions on how to use them to make your all your projects a success.

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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