“Whenever There Is a Hard Job to Be Done, I Assign It to a Lazy Man; He Is Sure to Find an Easy Way of Doing It. — Bill Gates”
It’s a tough figure to swallow: 66% of enterprise software projects end in failure. Research highlights that only one in eight information technology projects can be considered truly successful (failure being described as those projects that do not meet the original time, cost and (quality) requirements criteria).
We’re all project managers – even though we might not realize it. We plan and organize resources, measure achievement of goals and make decisions on how to move forward and take corrective action. Understanding and paying attention to important project management details allows you to lead the way as a project manager.
Unrealistic, arbitrary deadlines create all kinds of problems. They drive up costs, lower morale, and create anxiety and frustration. Once managers understand the true costs associated with unachievable deadlines, there are many ways to avoid them. If you find your project teams are consistently missing deadlines, you should ask yourself whether they had any input into the schedule. Project teams involved in scheduling their own work develop more achievable deadlines and have a stronger sense of commitment to meeting their own schedule.