Project Pitfalls refer to any unfavorable and damaging circumstances that may jeopardize project success. Project pitfall is an event that causes a portion of risk to any component or activity of a project so there may be a negative impact to project duration, cost, performance, quality or other aspects.
Pitfalls are certain conditions in which a project appears to be less manageable and controllable. For example, scope creep is a frequent pitfall that makes project duration extended and thereby involves more resources in the project. Process incapability is another example of project pitfall when a lack of synchronization between processes and technology causes improper use of project resources and tools.
It is an essential task of project managers to prevent pitfalls and create safe and non-risky project environments. Here’re several tips on how to avoid project pitfalls:
- Plan everything in advance
- Use forecasting as a way to predict the most probable project behavior and develop a corrective action plan
- Establish and maintain good communications between team members
- Use milestones to check project progress against deliverables
- Measure performance to ensure the project remains effective at any given point in time.