Project management techniques have met wide acceptance as a means to accelerate product development, efficient use of resources and to promote cross-functional communication. Not only manufacturing enterprises, but also offices, hospitals, and municipalities have accepted project management as an essential part of their operations. However, failures and disasters almost abound in the history of project management. A study of these failures shows a dozen sure-fire meth … Read more »

Project management techniques have met wide acceptance as a means to accelerate product development, efficient use of resources and to promote cross-functional communication. Not only manufacturing enterprises, but also offices, hospitals, and municipalities have accepted project management as an essential part of their operations. However, failures and disasters almost abound in the history of project management. A study of these failures shows a dozen surefire methods for dooming a project: ignore his surroundings; push a new technology to market too quickly, do not bother to build in fallback options if problems occur, the person shooting the most visible; allow new Ideas starve out of inertia, do not disturb feasibility studies; never admit a project is a failure; micromanage the project managers and their teams, never, never perform post-failure audits; never try to project crafts understand-offs, let politics dictate important project decisions and make sure the project is run by a weak leader. However, past failures must not discourage us from future efforts. Indeed, it is through these mistakes of the past, that we gain the savvy to push on successful ventures.
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Jeffrey K. Pinto,
Om P. Kharbanda
Source: Business Horizons
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Publication Date: Jul 15, 1996. Prod #: BH010-PDF-ENG
How to fail in project management (without Really Trying) HBR case solution