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What are the common mistakes of a Project Manager?

Being a project manager poses a lot of tactfulness and challenges as you go along the way, right? Haven't you encountered-boos of some kind even if you are already a seasoned project manager? One thing for sure, and it is still true, no one is perfect after all.
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Do not run faster than stakeholders when things go wrong....

Joefil -

The more experience we gain, the more we need to ensure we don't let that experience cloud our judgment - confirmation bias being one example of this.


A common mistake is not capturing all the requirements, and this is largely done through identifying all the stakeholders.

Don't wait until it's too late!! Monitor progress throughout the project, so you can detect and quickly deal with all performance issues.

Not handling communications properly and taking things forgranted. This can go wrong anytime so in projects, Continious Control and Monitoring is Key.

The biggest mistake I have seen is not learning from one's mistakes (or popular mistakes from others).

Everyone falls. What's important is what are you going to do to make sure you don't fall the same way again.

Email burnout. LOL

Change management and scope creep remain a problem and if a PM is able to devote only part of their time to project management it is even more likely that requirements slip through the cracks or that changes aren't managed properly.

One common mistake I see is when PMs simply follow a template they found somewhere, without first editing it to meet the specific needs of the project.

Apart from the usual mistakes already mentioned one common mistake is not getting buy-in from team which escalates to a lack of ownership by team.
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