Kul UPPAL en Directors and Executives, IT - Information Technology, Engineers and Technicians Senior Cost Engineering Consultant to Oil & Gas Industry • Conquest Consulting 15/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +600

Causes for Projects Failure

Causes for Projects Failure

Project Managers are a hardy bunch, they work hard to make sure that their project achieves complete success in meeting all established corporate requirements. In spite of their best efforts some projects do end up going south - this short write-up highlights some of the rationales behind failure and ways to improve the odds of success.

Common causes of failure

•        Lack of clear link between the project and the organization’s key strategic priorities, including agreed measures of success

•        Lack of clear senior management ownership and leadership

•        Lack of effective Business sponsor & Stakeholder engagement

•        Lack of skills and proven approach to project management and risk management

The difference between success & failure

Success factors in Projects        Factors for failures in Projects

Common project culture                           Poor communications                    

Integrated teams                                         Lack of planning

Strong leadership                                       No cross-functional teamwork

Team goals                                                  No shared team goals

Clearly defined objectives                         Lack of strong leadership

Strong working relationships                    Hierarchical people issues

Flexibility                                                      Culture differences

Key Findings

•        Poor leadership by project managers is jeopardizing success

•        Business sponsors and project teams are disconnected and often have different measures of success

•        Strong commitment to methodology is essential to success but only one aspect

•        Project managers need to have broader skills to operate effectively


•        Projects are about people; good leadership and constantly supporting and coaxing individuals

•        Project methodology is important but not enough

•        Project managers need to work on teamwork, communication, problem solving and business skills to be successful

•        There are no half measures project success is about meeting business objectives and goals not just your own.

•        Gather data from your own projects to analyze for success or failure.