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How to spot signs your project is about to fail

Moira Alexander | Aug. 30, 2016
There are many possible reasons a project is headed for problems. While some are easy to spot and correct, others may signify more deep-rooted issues that can derail even the best-laid plans.

Timing issues: When it comes to project management, more often than not, time is a friend. When a project manager just can't keep to a schedule, or keep others to a schedule for that matter it can be problematic. When there are constant dependency conflicts, and more importantly if the project starts off with an unrealistic timeline this can signify a disaster in the making.

The numbers keep running over: If there's a constant struggle to get costs under control a project is in jeopardy. Of even more concern may be if a project starts out with an unrealistic budget or if there's cash flow problem the chances of project success dwindles.

Resource limits: Whether financial, human resource, technology or other types of resources, limitations can make or break the chances of project success. If there's a constant battle for resources, if everything's a priority to everyone, if there's no way to procure the required resources or services, a project may be in jeopardy.

Any of these risk factors mentioned above, in addition to many others, can take a project from beginning straight to disaster if not properly and fully identified and addressed in a timely manner.


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