Although no two projects are exactly the same, the problems that can affect and possibly jeopardize them are often quite related. And even the best project managers can make mistakes especially when handling a big complex project. This in a nutshell means that problems and mistakes are bound to happen in any project. However, there are those common project management mistakes that should be avoided at all costs. Here are some of the mistakes and how to avoid them:
Before starting any project it is important to meet all the team members that will be involved in the entire project. This will ensure that everyone understand his or her role and responsibilities right from the start of the project. Members will know what is expected of them and their deliverables as a team. This is a common project management mistake done by most project managers because they think that everyone know what to do.
Big projects tend to scare even the best project managers. This is because it overwhelms not only the team but also the manager. The best way to tackle such projects is by breaking the big project into smaller manageable pieces. This way the team will be able to successfully handle one small project at time and they will not feel overwhelmed.
When faced with multiple projects, it is always a good idea to prioritize these projects or tasks. It is the responsibility of the project manager to prioritize the tasks and let the team members know the first tasks to be handled and also inform them when priorities change. Handling of projects or tasks without following a particular procedure is a waste of time and you will not be able to achieve success within the set time frames.
Seamless and constant communication is essential in the success of project management. Unfortunately, when a project is underway it is common for the team members and the project manager to fail to meet and update each other about the progress made so far. The manager may also forget to update the various stakeholders about the challenges and the successes made. This can be dangerous to the overall performance of the team and the success of the project. To avoid this, it is imperative that you establish the right foundation for regular meetings and updates.
Knowing how to avoid making mistakes is essential in ensuring that your project succeeds within the set time frames and is devoid of many setbacks.