Top 10 Signs your Project is Failing
10- Your project is based on your CEO’s dream, but no one is clear about its business value to the company.
9- Your customer is too busy on other programs, too weak in support, and unable/unwilling to delegate.
8- Your management wants to start working, and worry about planning later. [tweetmeme source=”@Aidan_Foley” only_single=false]
7- Duration estimates are down-sized by your Management, and ultimately take as long as you said it would.
6- Management directs Project Manager to ignore vague contract terms.
5- Management warns Project Manager against raising issues with customers during the planning phase.
4- Functional Managers are providing the wrong resources to assist with the scheduled tasks.
3- Customer reps accept work verbally, but refuses to put it in writing.
2- Customer’s expectations are too high, and misunderstood by estimation team.
1- Project Manager is too worried about losing job, so avoids making people angry.
10- Quantify in terms of net $ or % the business value to the company.
9- Request replacement(s).
8- Initiate the job, AND Start the planning AT the same time.
7- Request management to document their down-sizing request to show before AND after estimates, and why they feel their estimates should be considered better.
6- Advise Management that vague terms lead to misinterpretation, additional costs, extra labor, schedule delays, inadequate product, etc.
5- Advise Management that by not raising issues can lead to misinterpretation, additional costs, extra labor, schedule delays, inadequate product, etc.
4- Inform the Functional Manager of the quantity, and the caliber of the team required, and why.
3- Ask the customer what they would like to see in order to get it in writing.
2- Eliminate the misunderstandings by meeting the expectations.
1- Don’t worry about things outside of your control, and do your job, for which you were hired.
What top 10 do you think I left out, why, and what would be the solution for the failure?