Project management is no easy fete because most projects tend to be unpredictable. Nonetheless, there are projects that still manage to be successful. While many project managers tend to have the best tips for succeeding, there are certain projects that cannot be successful, regardless of the efforts put by a manager. The following signs are warnings of an inevitable project failure.
Lack of stakeholder support.
A project which lacks the full support of all the important stakeholders is headed for doom. In some cases, project managers fail to involve all the relevant stakeholders, and this creates problems in implementation stages. Stakeholders can refuse to approve certain activities or even disbursement of funds thus jeopardizing the entire project.
Poorly planned project.
Poor planning can spell doom for the project. In case a project does not have specific deliverables and time frames within which activities are to be implemented, it is bound to fail. Poor planning creates rooms for divergent and conflicting ideas as well as haphazard decisions that inevitably lead to failure.
Every project requires a special task force to implement activities. Such a team must consist of qualified individuals who have experience in working on similar projects. Hiring unqualified and inexperienced personnel to work on your project can cause you to fail regardless of how experienced you may be as a project manager. This is because the team may not have the zeal or technical-know-how and commitment to deliver on your project.
Ambiguous project goal and scope.
Projects usually target the achievement of specific objectives. If a project sets ambiguous goals and scope of implementation, it creates high chances of failure. Most projects with ambiguous goals and scopes tend to deviate to different activities and experience a myriad of changes during the implementation stages. This makes it difficult to achieve the objectives of the project as they are not clearly defined. Furthermore, the constant changes can disorient the team and make them lose focus.
Constant team squabbles.
A team that is always fighting is more likely to fail in achieving the overall objectives of its project. If as a project manager, you are constantly faced with conflicts and squabbles amongst your team members, you need to address the situation early because it is bound to escalate and cause divisions in your project, leading to inevitable failure.
Some projects may have all the factors necessary for success, except the proper timing. Like in any business, project management depends heavily on proper timing, and this can determine the success or failure of a project. For instance, if your project is expected to bring an overhaul or huge change in the surrounding environment, it may not be well received if the people affected are not prepared. Poor timing can cause great opposition to a project and create loopholes for its failure.
Some projects ultimately fail due to bad suppliers. Before engaging and hiring a supplier, you must conduct your due diligence. Project managers who have failed to do this have often had to learn the hard way and watch as their entire projects and hard work went down the drain.
A project in which every stakeholder and team player has a different agenda is a failure waiting to happen. In some cases, diverse agendas are quite obvious, but in others, they become evident as the project begins to unravel. Good project managers have to streamline the diverse agendas of their projects from the onset if they are to avoid project failure.
Communication is a key tool for the success of any project. When a project is faced with communication barriers and breakdowns amongst the team members, it has the potential to fail. These can spiral into conflicts and create unnecessary challenges for the team. From the onset, communication strategies must be set, and open communication channels should be formulated to avoid the failure of a project.
Most projects depend on resources for implementation of the project activities. A project that is faced with constant resource constraint can inevitably collapse. Additionally, projects which have to channel their resources to other activities other than those specified in their budgets can encounter hurdles in the future, resulting in failure.
Project challenges are inescapable, and every project will come with its different problems. However as a project manager, you must be keen enough to discern the feasible projects from those that are headed for doom and avoid them.