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Danger signs in project management

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What are the danger signs that a project manager should look for in order to keep his projects from failing?

I know of the two obvious dangers signs: behind schedule and over budget. Any other danger signs that I should look for? And what I should I do when I see these danger signs? Should I tell the project sponsor immediately?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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According to the Standish Group's Chaos Reports, the top risk factors for projects include:

Lack of User Input
Incomplete requirements/specs
Changing requirements/specs
Lack of Executive sponsorship
Technology Incompetence
Lack of resources
Unrealistic Expectations
Unclear Objectives
Unrealistic time frame
New Technology

To this I would add that you need to watch for unethical behaviors which can sabotage projects.

As far as informing the sponsor, you will need to use professional judgment and also need to understand if the sponsor is driving some of these issues.  A good plan would be to confirm the observation, understand the root cause, and inform the sponsor along with a corrective plan.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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