5 reasons why working on a poorly managed project feels like stepping on a Lego. Barefoot.

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Ouch, the pain! I bet that at least once in your life you had a dubious pleasure of participating in a project that turned out to be a massive disaster and the lack of good project management was to blame. Successful people are characterized by strong planning skills, after all, they manage to lead their lives in a way that got them to the top of the tree in the 1st place. Prosperous companies know how to organize their existence, as well as how to encourage their employees to become well-ordered and effective individuals.

But why is it so important to control the whole process? Can’t we just go and do our jobs? I can find a lot of reasons why you shouldn’t, but below you can find 5 most important ones.

 

1. Undefined objectives, goals, and priorities

Nowadays people expect you give some definition even to your brows. Although I’m not sure if that one is a real must, it’s necessary when it comes to defying your objectives and goals. Forgetting about it leads nowhere. You can never reach a point that you were not aiming for.  The same rule applies to priorities. I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything. At least not at the same time. So think about your priorities, not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.

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2. Lack of a solid project plan

Lack of a solid project plan is the worst. It’s like driving a car without a steering wheel. Blindfolded. You don’t know where you are, where are you heading, what you already passed and how on earth you are going to turn right if you have to. The plan is your foundation for all the decisions that you will have to face later. Making sure every brick fits in well is key. Otherwise, you’re building a house of cards and you are one blow away from failure.

3. Unrealistic timeframes and tasks

Some are scared of them, others feel safe to have them around. They also have magical ability to motivate… or demotivate. Deadlines. We all hate when the estimated time of our work has nothing to do with reality. Timble lets you track work time so it’s all clear. But when your so called manager gives you a tenth of time that your assignment requires… Firstly you are rushed off your feet, secondly – you’re shaking in your shoes, as well as you end up tired of everything , and it’s only 10:30 so how are you supposed to make it till the end of a day… or a week?!

4. Poorly defined roles and responsibilities

Poorly defined roles and responsibilities are the reason why a lot of endeavors end up in garbage. If no one in the team knows what he or she should do, it often happens that two people are doing the same thing or some people are overloaded with work, while others do nothing. The whole idea of commitment is to make people care about what they’re doing. Not only it makes the chaos disappear, but also keeps the team attached to the cause and the company.

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5. Poor communication

Last but not least – communication. The biggest problem about it is the illusion that it has taken place. Lack of dialog* (*an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement) leads to misunderstandings, disappointments, and dead failure. Effective communication in the workplace helps employees and managers form highly efficient teams. The result of a team that works together is high productivity, integrity, and responsibility. You may say that good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after!

 

How do you feel about messy projects? Do you know any tricks that put everything back to its place? Let us know!

Daria

Marketing/Growth Hacking Assistant at Timble, Italian cuisine and bike rides lover. Trying to figure out all the ways to make managing work a piece of cake.

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