Project Management

Project Failures: Their Impact and Your Ability to Deal With Them

Susan Irwin, MBA, PhD, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMP, PgMP, PfMP

Abstract
Project issues will plague even the best-run projects. Although it is important that the project manager has a strategy to deal with issues, it is just as important for the practitioner to support the team and control the narrative of the issue. This article will focus on issue management, providing four suggestions that project managers can use when conducting issue management.

Introduction
Project issues will plague even the best-run projects. Although it is important that project managers have a strategy to deal with issues, it is just as important for them to support the team and control the narrative of the issue. This article will focus on issue management, providing four suggestions that project managers can use when conducting issue management.

This is a failure of project governance! This is a failure of project management! This is a failure of the project manager! This is a failure of the project management process! If you have managed projects for any length of time, you have most likely heard one or more of the above statements or the permeation of them. Besides, it is easy to blame the person or the process when things go wrong. When I moved into the field of project management after being a developer for five years, I was told by an old boss that you need to have a thick skin when you become a project manager, adding that when the project is …


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