At the start of a recent project management course, I asked what goes wrong in projects. The list was interesting:
- change of personnel
- time slippage with deadlines not being met
- priorities unclear
- not having the operational capacity to do the project
- not being realistic with the time we have
- poor management of stakeholder expectations
- communications breakdown
- roles in projects not being clear
- lack of common sense
- natural disasters (floods)
In discussion after the exercise one person quietened the course by saying:
“Many of these are in our control. We should be exerting more control and ensuring our projects do not go wrong and are delivered more effectively”
The discussion started, and there was agreement among all of those present that control was not strong enough in a lot of the projects course participants were engaged in.
When we came to the governance part of the course this was reflected in the approach that people took in designing an overall project monitoring and control process. More control…. not less. The group were clear that this will make a significant difference to the overall delivery of projects within their organisation.
So, what stops you delivering your projects? Is control something that needs to be tightened and if yes, how?