Project Problems are a number of common (principal) issues that may accompany a project of any type and size. These project problems usually refer to some kind of “administrative” inefficiency in approaching and managing a project, so they can generate many serious and sustained obstacles on the path towards successful and timely completion. Different types of problems are categorized and explained by many project management experts so it is not difficult to identify the most “popular” and topical among them, along with solutions to prevent or resolve them.
Here are just some of the most common types of project problems:
- Problems with project customers: they appear quite slow and vague in communications with the team, or they provide indeterminate requirements that tend to be frequently changed over time – starting a work with a poorly defined project scope means a perfect prerequisite for interminable project scope creep.
- Too many managers on the project: the project sponsors constantly tend to intrude into working process instead of their direct duties – they just try to regulate work of professionals where they (sponsors) aren’t qualified enough. Similar problems may occur in situations with competency conflicts (duplication of responsibilities) due to a poor project organization.
- Project manager makes a project suffer from his “over-control” bias: the project manager is just a kind of perfectionist who delves into deepest details and demands extremely high results from his subordinates – he always has a vision which is different from what the team members think, so working conflicts and constant stressful conditions can become “a norm”.