Who kicks off a project expecting it to fail? That’s a loaded question and certainly not one most business owners or investors contemplate. The honest answer is that this worry generally falls to program and project managers so they can anticipate and navigate around potential pitfalls. Sadly though, this negative approach means many project folks lapse into a coma when presented with a new initiative. The optimism of the business owner faced against the pessimism of the project team creates a tug-of-war that far leads to fuzzy objectives, delays, cost over-runs and the risk of ultimate failure.
Of course, technology projects are needed and important. And don’t get us wrong, business owners are investing in the future and project teams are focused and driven by successful project completion. But why do so many projects end up in yelling matches, power struggles, failed expectations and bleeding budgets?
Performing post-mortems on floundering projects is a tedious and emotional procedure for everyone involved. Coming to the realization that the traditional project management approach is killing the best-intentioned efforts is a rough diagnosis, but one we have concluded is today’s reality. Therefore, it’s time for change!