We all want every venture and every project we lay hands on to succeed and achieve the goal that we set out for them. But that will only happen in a perfect world where schedules are followed to the dot and there are no random constraints on budget. Because of these basic problems there are various occasions where projects fail and some which barely meet the outcomes but not enough to please us. The quality of the project is as important as the budget and schedule maintenance and all three parameters have to be met.

Early signs can help in predicting if a project will fail or not. There might be signs of disorganization and problems which in the worst times, spiral out of control and lead to immediate failure. All the members of a team must work in unison and if they work separately where each one has no idea of what the other members are doing, then there is an obvious lacking in the dynamics of the project. There are times when the team starts arguing and blaming each other for different types of problems that may arise during the course of completion of a project, such situations also need to be dealt with immediately and effectively, barring which a project will not deliver the desired outcome.

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There are a few things which are most definitely the cause of failure in projects:

    • Poor management of the project
    • Improper definition of the objectives to be met and goals to be reached
    • Management may be lacking in commitment to the project
    • Absence of a solid plan for the project
    • The inputs from the team members may be lacking
    • The organisers may not support the project to the level that it needs
    • Absence of project risk needs to be preserved by proactive management
    • Insufficient managerial efforts for budget resources
    • There could arise conflicts between stakeholders
    • The requirements need to be active and inspiring and an absence of that causes failure
    • Priorities conflicting
    • Politics within business can cause shift of focus
    • Incorrect or insufficient division of responsibilities among the team
    • Timeframes not planned according to the deliverables given to finish
    • Project portfolio management not taken care of

  • Poor decision making under pressure
  • Improper processes to gauge the outcomes
  • Errors present in costing and scheduling
  • Funding and personnel resources may not be sufficient
  • An excess of costs
  • Weaknesses within the team members
  • Inability to meet the expectations of the final user
  • No change in control even when problems are detected

Correct management plays a major role in making sure that the project can be delivered on time and has the quality that the working members want it to reflect. It needs to outshine and actually depict the hard work and time that went into it.