9 Common Mistakes Project Managers Make

Nov 16, 2021

By Adela


1. Not knowing the team's strengths 

Some of the most crucial resources for your project are human resources. Your project manager must know their team to assign each task to the right person

2.Not keeping track of the team's progress 

Project managers may forget to update you or to ask for updates. In turn, the results are missed deadlines, budget overruns, and many other issues.

3. Failing to delegate or ask for help

Due to deadlines and other reasons, project managers often act quickly. However, for  major decisions, they must consult with the team.

4.Being overly optimistic 

Sometimes project managers tend to generalize, but every project is different. It is often said that "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.".

5. Allowing stress to affect their work

When something goes wrong, you rely on your project manager. Stressful, right? Well, project managers should not let their emotions show or affect them.

6. Bad planning

Unclear goals can undermine project success. Sometimes there are just too many things at once, or in another case lack a comprehensive, step-by-step plan.

7. Fail to manage project scope 

If you're unfamiliar, the project scopes are all of the initial requirements of a project. Allowing too many scopes will result in a disaster.

8. Forgetting about risks 

Planning and trying to come up with an almost-perfect estimation is one thing. However, problems begin when your project manager didn't account for unexpected risks.

9. Being inflexible 

It happens - the scope or timeline of a project alters. However, project managers may not want to adjust, they have already put a lot of time and effort into their plan.

Summing up

We discussed only the 9 most common mistakes project managers make, but there are more to watch out for. However, remember that they have your best interest at heart.

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