Typical signs of impending project disaster in the area of general management

  • Senior managers do not believe project manager’s claims as a rule
  • Senior management “does not believe in” the Iron Triangle constraints of Scope, Time and Resources
  • Decisions are made with obvious detrimental consequences, which are ignored
  • Project management is not seen as valid/real management
  • Unclear decisions are made by senior managers, requests for clarification are ignored or discouraged
  • Inconsistent decisions are passed onto middle management or junior employees to sort out
  • New strategies are frequently communicated and then abandoned
  • Functional managers refuse to free up resources for the project
  • Stakeholders take over project management
  • Lack of senior management interest in the project
  • Resource management methods in the functional organization and the project management organization clash

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