Are you launching a new project at work? Read on for common mistakes made when launching a new project:
Duplicating effort in another department
Before you begin any project you must ask if the same problem is being taken under by a different department within your company. If the answer is yes, you should not go any further with your project. Too many times, redundant work happens because departments and employees don’t communicate. If you do find out that this project has already begun within the company, you can ask to join forces with them. But whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of starting a project that someone else has already done.
Being Inclusive for the Sake of Being Inclusive
If you are running a project team, you want to shoot for a group of no more than eight people. When you create a group larger than eight, you will begin to run into more and more scheduling difficulties, which will only hinder the project. If you feel like you need to add one person from every single department for the sake of being inclusive, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Forbes suggests that you replace oversized teams with methodical stakeholder management so that the core working team remains at a manageable size.
Having Poor Communication Skills
One of the most common reasons for a project to go off the rails is the lack of communication from the project manager. Whether you are providing direction, seeking information or simply asking a question, it is critical that you are clear and concise in your communication methods. How can you ensure that your communication is clear? Before launching your project, have a kick-off meeting for everyone involved. In this meeting, decide what the form of communication will be for this particular project and make sure everyone is onboard.
Research shows that less than three percent of projects started by companies are successfully executed. That is a staggering number that gives us a ton of information. It is clear that the majority of projects are not well-run. To avoid that, follow the advice above. Never start a project that is already underway, don’t feel the need to fill up your group with as many people as possible, and lastly, make sure you communicate clearly and concisely when speaking to team members.