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Inadequate skills related to the project because lack of the training, lack of team members' responsibility which can bring a project to a complete halt condition and poor communication.
Few challenges I have faced-
- Team members are talking in regional language which I was unable to understand, had to push them to talk in English.
- Not updating tasks/efforts in Agile project management tool
- Not collaborating as a team. My work is done kind of attitude doesn't help
- Unplanned leaves
And there are some laws in the countries like Germany which prevents the manager from taking the daily follow-ups and all
Often I find it is very difficult to monitor individuals' performance in the project world. As so often the activities are things that have not been done before (by the nature of projects), it can be almost impossible to know how long it should take someone to do. Over time you do recognise wide variations in people's productivity, but by then it can be too late.
Of coure, you can always try micro manageing people, but we all know how that just tends to lead to disasters.
Lack of communication amongst each other.
Not going in the same direction, a team needs to know where it is going or what it is contributing to the organization vision.
The meeetings shouldn't be adhocs, all shoud come from calendars.
Exceptions will always exist so take the call bassed on your EQ.
The most frequent challenge I face is a lack of focus due to team members being stretched too thin across multiple projects or a combination of project & operational work.
Regarding micromanagement it can work in some circumstances but only if you are a very good technical expert and you are able to give concrete instructions to the team members on how to perform the work faster. If by micromanagement you mean just asking for status very frequently and dragging your team members in many and long meetings this would not work.
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