Hoffmann Conseho's LinkedIn Opinion Poll: The Most Common Project Manager Mistakes

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LinkedIn opinion poll produces unexpected results.

“What is the most common mistake that Project Managers make?” Hoffmann Conseho today released the results of its synonymous LinkedIn opinion poll. According to scores of professionals from sixteen project-centric industries in seventeen countries, communication issues and deficient technical know-how cause the most common project manager errors. Roland Hoffmann, the poll’s author, classified the responses in nine categories with these results:

Communications        22%
Know-How and Quality    22%
Scope                16%
Integrated Approach    14%
Team                12%
Risk                8%
Time                5%
Cost                1%
Procurement            1%

The poll responses came from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, UAE, UK, and USA; and from Advertising, Biotech, Consulting, Construction, Defense, Financial Services, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Manufacturing, Mining, Pharmaceuticals, Shipbuilding, Social Programs, Technology, Telecommunications, and Utilities.

The Hoffmann Conseho opinion poll shows the belief that the most common project manager mistakes occur in communications and technical know-how. The respondents mentioned absent technical expertise and qualifications, the inability to understand requirements, scarce industry knowledge, misjudged technical problems, uncorrelated theory, and the Peter Principle. Just as often, the respondents quoted stakeholder omission and misjudgment, poor reporting, reluctance to dialogue, failure to obtain consensus, obscured accountability, incorrect information, and believing data without verifying it.

Project managers are also often thought to botch scope management and make mistakes with human resources. Project managers seem to commonly allow scope creep, perform poor change control, and fail to validate requirements. Reported human problems range from misjudged competence, failing to rely on the team, and neglecting relationships. 14% named a disjointed project management approach as the most common mistake. Improper planning, execution, and control topped the list, but also included wrong methodologies and inadequate priorities. Surprisingly, the respondents mentioned the fewest errors related to risk, cost, and time.

The poll shows consensus across all business and geographical areas that technical know-how is critical to avoid project manager mistakes. Obviously, a project manager cannot fully grasp the stakeholders’ goals, vocabulary, practices, culture, and expectations without it. However, it appears that project managers have difficulties even with fundamental project management methods. Project managers have often excelled before being promoted to lead projects, so they surely do not lack the intelligence or ambition to avoid mistakes. While a thorough response to the question “why do common mistakes happen?” entails more than an opinion poll, it is safe to point out that project managers have two serious handicaps: There is only one chance to get a project right, and one neglected project management aspect can cause mistakes. As Guy Bellamy says, “hindsight is an exact science”.

Go to http://www.conseho.com/project-management-training-articles/linkedin-opinion-poll/ to see the unaltered responses and analysis.

About Hoffmann Conseho: Hoffmann Conseho offers Project Management courses ranging from $940 to $1,380 per participant (all inclusive). The courses occur at a client’s facility, and they improve job performance because they are firmly rooted in andragogy, (adult learning science). They favor action-focused and experiential learning techniques, which Hoffmann Conseho manifests in its Project-Lab approach. Roland Hoffmann is a 20 year veteran who has led a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from colossal to miniscule, from IT to construction, and from Europe to Asia and the Americas. He decided to convey his two decades of experience through Hoffmann Conseho’s project management courses, and founded the company in 2007.

Find more course details here: http://www.conseho.com/project-management-courses/

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