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Top 3 project barriers
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Projects without challenges simply don’t exist! I’m pretty sure veteran PMs and many experts out there who could share their top 3 project barriers - how, timescale, cost (if exist) to overcome and the end results.
Many thanks for thoughts!
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We once had a senior member state that you will never have enough resources, so stop complaining and get on with it. Biggest hurdle we have at the moment is inexperience. With the baby boomers almost gone, and without a robust HR strategy to address that inevitable brain drain, we are struggling. I see it every day, and shudder to think of the direct costs on our ability to meet our mandate efficiently and effectively.
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I'm tempted to say "customers," because even though they're the ones paying the bills, they're often the source of much project pain. We wait for them to define their requirements, we wait for them to approve deliverables, we wait for them to get dozens of signatures on those deliverables, we wait for them to find 10 minutes on their busy calendars (next month) to we can present a simple yes/no decision to them, which they will need a month to deliberate, we wait for them to complete the change request that they partially submitted, we waste time generating useless project reports to satisfy their management requests (which they'll never read), and when everything is finally done, we wait for their check.

I'm half joking, of course, but as many people in many industries will attest, "this job would be easy if it weren't for the customers."
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1 reply by Steve Ratkaj
Mar 27, 2019 11:15 AM
Steve Ratkaj
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Sounds like government work which is why companies are usually well compensated for their "time".
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I'd say resources too. To get the right people to the right place at the right time is difficult and the uncertainty of a project schedule doesn't make things easier.
Missing support from the board of management is also deadly - especially for large projects.
And for me communication - or the lack of a proper one - is a constant barrier for us project people.
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Mar 27, 2019 10:43 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I'm tempted to say "customers," because even though they're the ones paying the bills, they're often the source of much project pain. We wait for them to define their requirements, we wait for them to approve deliverables, we wait for them to get dozens of signatures on those deliverables, we wait for them to find 10 minutes on their busy calendars (next month) to we can present a simple yes/no decision to them, which they will need a month to deliberate, we wait for them to complete the change request that they partially submitted, we waste time generating useless project reports to satisfy their management requests (which they'll never read), and when everything is finally done, we wait for their check.

I'm half joking, of course, but as many people in many industries will attest, "this job would be easy if it weren't for the customers."
Sounds like government work which is why companies are usually well compensated for their "time".
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I considered following ..
Ambiguous scope
Unrealistic schedule
Availability of key resources
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Lack of buy in by leadership or the team
Limited resources with competing demands on their time
Ineffective communication
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- Decision makers who are living in the dream world where you can lock down scope, schedule & cost prematurely
- A level of project complexity which exceeds the team's ability to deliver a minimally acceptable solution
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I'll second Alok's
- Unrealistic schedule;

and perhaps paraphrase Kiron's first suggestion to
- decisions makers who believe that unknowns (and associated risks) can *always* be flushed out and mitigated during planning or discovery phases
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Lack of leadership commitment to support the project and be an advocate to teams down the line.
Lack of appropriate resources - both people and technology
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lack of or inadequate focus on following can be barriers
a. Communication,
b. periodic Reviews
c. Planning
d. Stake holder involvement
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