According to Tom Mochal, when good project management practices are missing, these problems are likely to occur:
- Projects are completed late, over budget, or not meeting the functionality requirements of your customer.
- Weak standard processes and techniques are used inconsistently by project managers.
- Project management is reactive and is not seen as providing value.
- The time required to manage projects proactively is not built into the workplan, since it is considered “overhead.”
- Projects are “successful” in spite of a lack of planning and project management, although heavy stress and overtime work occur throughout the project life cycle.
Although good project management skills don’t eliminate all problems, risks, or surprises, they do provide you with standard processes for dealing with such incidents.
Mochal, author of The Project Mentor columns for TechRepublic and creator of the TenStep Project Management Process, also stresses that a good project management methodology provides a framework, process, and set of guidelines and techniques to greatly increase the odds of being successful.
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