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Why Projects Fail Part II

Why Projects Fail Part II

By Paul McAteer, Head of Project Delivery Running a complex software development project without a Project Manager would be comparable to a ship without a Captain – very likely to hit the rocks.  The Project Manager has the responsibility of planning and execution of the project, ultimately managing and maintaining the progress, interaction and tasks of the project team in such a way that reduces the risk of failure, maximizes customer benefits and minimizes costs. Implementing the wrong management approach can spell potential disaster.  Adopting waterfall rather than agile might deliver what was asked for by the business, however may not actually result in what was needed.  With this is mind, it’s imperative that the Project Manager has a clear understanding of the requirements, expectations, milestones and deadlines and adopts the most suitable management approach for the project. In the event that the project has a very tight and compelling deadline, adopting an agile management approach means less time spent on requirements gathering at the outset of the project. This approach allows for the project scope to change rapidly and frequently, by placing emphasis on stakeholder involvement and communications.  This process needs to be highly managed with a close eye…

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