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Do Projects Fail Because of Poor Communication?

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Although Project Managers spend 90% of their time communicating, communication in project management is the most underdeveloped skill for project managers. This blog will help Project Managers become better communicators and thus, better Project Managers.

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Interesting piece in Mind Tools giving some reasons why projects fail. Consider the six reasons listed in the article:

  1. The wrong business requirements have been addressed
  2. It's not possible to deliver the business case
  3. Governance is poor
  4. Implementation is poor
  5. People lose focus on the project's benefits
  6. The environment changes

The first five can all be traced to poor communication. Communication about the need for the project, what the project should deliver, managing the project, and executing the project.

Even the sixth reason, "[t]he environment changes," can be affected by the quality of communication. Someone should notice the environmental changes and could alert the rest of the project stakeholders. But, without good communication practices or a culture that encourages open communication, environmental changes can go unnoticed or underestimated until real harm to the project has occurred.

This is why I argue that every failed project is due to poor communication.

Posted on: February 04, 2015 07:36 PM | Permalink

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Navdeep Joshi Sr. Consltant - CA PPM| TBD Bangalore, Karnataka, India
"Do Projects Fail Because of Poor Communication?" - Completely true


Navdeep Joshi Sr. Consltant - CA PPM| TBD Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Salam Kalandos Chief, Healthcare Technology Management - Clinical Engineering | US Department of Veterans Affairs Chandler, Az, USA
communication is crucial for project success.

Rashmi Mohan Dar Es Salam, Dar Es Salam, Tanzania, United Republic Of
In some way or the other, it is always communication.

Manas De Amin Director| Computer Technology Group Kolkata Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open and honest communication is of utmost important for project success. Communication needs for the first four are of reactive in nature. Only a culture system can support the role of a whistle blower. The last needs to be proactive in nature.

Luis Branco CEO| Business Insight, Consultores de Gestão, Ldª Carcavelos, Lisboa, Portugal
Dear Bill
Interesting perspective on the topic: "Do Projects Fail Because of Poor Communication?"

Thanks for sharing

Important point to remember:
"This is why I argue that every failed project is due to poor communication."

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