We all want failure-proof projects. As a project leader, how can you make sure they happen?
Projects that fail can be divided into in three types:
- Projects that have impossible deliverables. (Example: Design an antigravity device.)
- Projects that have unrealistic constraints. (Example: Build a four-bedroom house in three days using only two carpenters.)
- Projects that are insufficiently understood and planned.
As a successful project leader, you can avoid these situations by managing risk. For truly impossible projects, adequate planning and feasibility analysis makes possible early cancellation or timely scope shifts. Failure-proofing the other project types depends on project planning data that makes the project needs visible and supports negotiation of credible constraints. The result is efficient and successful projects.
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