Project Management

Poor Communication Top Cause of Project Failure

Insufficient resource planning and unrealistic shedules are also cited as leading factors in unsuccessful projects.

Poor communications is the factor that most often causes a project to fail, according to the results of new web poll released by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Nearly 28 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents singled out poor communications as the number one cause of project failure.
 
Insufficient resource planning was the second most mentioned cause of project failure, cited by just less than 18 percent of poll respondents. The third most frequent cause of project failure was an unrealistic schedule, chosen by 13 percent of poll participants.
 
"Clearly, technical skills alone are no longer enough," said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "Technology workers must have solid communications skills, both verbal and written, in order to complete projects that are delivered on time, at or under budget and provide the promised benefits to the organization."
 
Among other factors cited in the CompTIA web poll that contribute to project failure were poor project requirements, selected by 9.8 percent of respondents; lack of stakeholder buy-in/support, 6.7 percent; undefined project success/closure criteria, 5.2 percent; unrealistic budget, 4.8 percent; insufficient or no risk…

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