This is the fourth and last article on why projects stall and then sometimes fail.
Trouble is – there is far too much for one person to do by themselves. You start to work additional hours, and still get further behind, trusting only the most basic tasks to anyone else.
You get more stressed, the project falls further behind – adding to the stress – and you can do no more than you already are.
Does that sound familiar? If you are particularly skilled at the tasks in your industry and you have been promoted to a management position then this just might resonate.
The good news is that there is a solution that will provide a high quality result and reduce your stress levels, and you can read it in our members only section.
Have you experienced spreading yourself too thin, and not achieving the required standards? Let us know what your experience has been.
This is the third in a series of four articles on why projects ‘stall’.
Sometimes there are a few key stakeholders who don’t seem to care much for the idea. They can be family members, close friends or work colleagues – in each case you value their opinion and in this case they don’t give you ‘enough’ support for the great idea you have had. Not enough RESPECT.
They may not oppose the idea, it’s just that they do not wholeheartedly support it, or if they actually do, they haven’t told you!
You get discouraged, and maybe you feel like abandoning the project altogether? After all, if you’re the only one who cares – why bother?
This will naturally lead to a failed project, a situation that will not serve any of the Stakeholders. As such, it is to be avoided of possible.
The good news is it can be, and our members will be able to read how.
Have you felt like throwing in the towel on a project? Under what circumstances?
Yesterday we covered one reason why projects fail. Today we look at the challenge of getting complete agreement with the plan so that work can start.
It may be more important on some projects than others, but it is good to have overall agreement between all the Stakeholders on the direction the project should take before starting the implementation activities. Then again, there are times when seeking this can be counter-productive.
Some projects stall because of a desire to 100% please every Stakeholder. As soon as someone is found that doesn’t like the current concept, the concept is modified and everyone is polled to determine their reaction to the new idea. If someone else objects, then another modification is made and the entire group is polled again.
The intent is admirable – to obtain complete agreement on what the end result will be, but in practise it is unlikely that a group of more than about three can find complete agreement (and then only if two of them are absent when the vote is taken!).
Obviously if there are too many compromises then the project will not deliver the required functions, and so a happy medium has to be found.
Exactly how to find that happy medium is described in the Member’s Section (The Vault).
Have you ever been caught in this bind? Benefit from the participation of our readers and ask them how they would solve the problem.
Have you ever noticed that some projects seem to have a life of their own? They are running at maximum speed straight toward the desired end point with seeming little effort and no problems. Then there are the others that get to a point and then stop. Nothing seems to work to get them started again. You may be trying to solve the wrong problem. Let me explain that a little further, by giving you an example.
Some of us like to have a complete and comprehensive plan before starting the actual work. As that plan is being developed a new idea will occur, or someone else will suggest something that makes good logical sense and that new idea will be incorporated into the current plan. Of course, that means reviewing every single item on the plan in case there is a flow-on effect from the new idea, but that’s OK, it will make a better plan in the end. Or so you think.
The problem arises when new ideas continue to appear before the plan can complete a cycle, before the plan can be finished and actual work can commence. And of course, if you are one of the people who are likely to experience this problem then you would never launch with just a ‘Plan A’, you need a backup plan in case Plan A doesn’t work the way you intended, and that just widens the window of opportunity for a new idea to appear and start the cycle all over again!
There are four basic reasons projects fail. This week we will investigate the reasons why they fail, and the solutions are in the member’s section.
This is the first of four reasons, it is sometimes called ‘Analysis Paralysis’.
Have you ever been caught in this trap? What did you do to resolve the issue? (And members – please leave comments on the solutions given)