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).
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