Struggling projects, falling apart projects, failing projects, broken projects, however you want to call a project which doesn’t reach the project scope, the deadlines set or the project fits inside the estimated project budget.
From the eyes of an experienced Project Manager, the struggling projects have few patterns or syndromes as I call them.
1. One man business bottleneck
This is maybe the first bottleneck that a small business passes through. It is the moment when your business starts to grow so much that you cannot anymore review everything gets sent to a client, or your team does. One man business syndrome is most common for the entrepreneurs who started their business around their main competencies and then they got a team with the same expertise.
How to break the business founder bottleneck: First of all, I do apologise to all the brilliant business owners for calling you bottlenecks. Second of all, in order for you as a business owner to don’t be a bottleneck for your team, you have to build a strong knowledge base inside your team, trust and confidence.
2. Reinventing the wheel
Even your team delivers the same service, they might not follow the same steps every time, they might try to cut corners, or be faster. But all these will cost the business.
How to break the reinventing the wheel habit: The simple answer is STANDARDISATION! As your business grows you need to standardise as much as possible. Your business needs processes, clear roles and responsibilities and automation and of course expertise. You might get the full journey yourself or get experienced professionals to help you with some parts of your business standardisation.
3. Lack of resources
How can you access brilliant professionals for your project and an expert project manager as a small business when you budget is limited? As soon as your premium services company starts growing the need
How to break the lack of super start qualified resources trap: Resource shortage is a worldwide problem, all the businesses face it at a certain point in their existence. What is important is to have a network you can access in tough situations, and to estimate as much as possible a team need so you can recruit and train your team. Another item which can help is to