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Why do projects fail?

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Why do projects (in general, not just IT or construction projects) usually fail? Please provide your thoughts and inputs.

Is there a way to avoid imminent project failure?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Here are some of the reasons why projects fail:

- No vision
- No scope
- Incompetence (either an incompetent project manager and/or incompetent team members)
- No training (relates to the previous point)
- Unresolved conflicts
- Company politics
- A project sponsor who's never available
- No support whatsoever from the stakeholders

My experience with projects that are about to fail is to let them fail, this is better for 3 reasons:

- Serious lessons learned will be drawn for the next project
- Resurrecting a project may cost more than starting from scratch
- Team members are already frustrated and they need to move on
answered 10 years ago by FastProjectManager (10,100 points)

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