An Incomplete Project Plan
Drawing up the project plan is one of those tasks which some people love and others hate. If you are in the latter group then there is a chance that you decide to try and brush past this task as quickly as possible. This is a deadly risk because you can’t expect to meet all of your milestones if you don’t know exactly what they are.
Not Having the Team on Board
There are some very good reasons for making sure that your project team is on your side and working away at full capacity during the piece of work. First of all, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to do all of the work on your own. Even relatively minor projects have phases in which a lot of man hours need to be put into them. You also need to think about the atmosphere in your office and the image you give off to outsiders.
Not Getting the Stakeholders Involved
This is possibly an even more deadly risk than the previous one. The stakeholders are the people who need to sign off your project and you don’t want to leave them sitting on the outside looking in.
Losing Sight of the Objectives
When the project is long and complicated it can be easy to forget what the main purpose of it was in the first place. In this sort of situation you can end up spending far too much time on irrelevant matters without getting down to the business at hand.
Overworking the Project Manager
As a project manager you will know that a lot of responsibility rests on your shoulders. This means that you will be working hard throughout the duration of the project. However, what it doesn’t mean is that you need to do everything on your own. If you take on too much work then your efficiency is probably going to suffer. Delegation is the way forward if you want to maintain your high levels and have a life outside of work as well.
As every new project you take on is likely to be different from the last one it is possible that you don’t realize just how much can be learned from past mistakes. We all make mistakes but one of the keys to being a top project manager is learning from them and avoiding making them all over again on different projects.
An Out of Control Budget
Controlling the project budget is another one of those tasks which appeals more to some project managers than to others.