What are the 3 key project management problems you face? That was a question I posed on a recent project management training course. I asked the group to put each answer on to a post it note and theses were put on to a flip chart to examine. It is interesting that of the 27 post it notes 14 of these related to people. These included;
• people failing to communicate effectively on the project
• lack of buy in from key stakeholders
• people not completing assigned tasks on time as they agreed to do
• resistance from staff directly affected by the project
• getting people on side
Other problems included:
• keeping to the agreed budget
• over optimistic timescales
• difficulty in accessing information
There is much energy and effort put into project management training. However, the focus seems to be on methodologies and process. Would we be better to link the methods and process with some people skills training? I often hear of ‘people’ issues that need to be resolved but by their own admission participants say they find often them difficult to deal with.
Maybe, just maybe there needs to a different emphasis; linking the project management training with people skills. Maybe the training needs to be modular starting with project management course and a link into the people side with specific modules such as influencing or negotiating or leadership.
These are my thoughts, what about yours?