Problems expected when managing large projects, there is one major problem that a project manager can expect when managing a large project, which then leads to many other errors that can quickly get out of control if you are not careful, so we will talk in this article about problems Expected when managing large projects
Problems expected when managing large projects
This issue has become so stuck in the project details as a leader of a large project, your priorities are:
Number one priority
To take care of your team The team is the heart of the project and the Prime Minister needs to take care of their health and well-being at all times including for example their protection from abuse, resolution of disputes etc. Without the team the project will never succeed.
A large project usually requires a large team working on the project over a long period of time.
It’s a marathon and you have to make sure your team members are healthy and motivated in order for them to continue producing during the project’s life cycle.
It’s also the prime minister’s job to make sure the team has what they need to do their job, and that might include everything from software and gadgets to pizza and drinks on late-night shifts.
The team will take care of delivering the project on time if the prime minister takes care of the team.
Ensure that the project is aligned with the overall business objectives.
Big projects are big investments and a project that doesn’t live up to the expected benefits will be seen as a failure.
This is especially important if the large project is running for a long time because business goals are likely to change and evolve over the life of the project
Make sure to organize your project so that your team (s) can efficiently process the large amount of complex information.
Note: It is the team that needs to process the information and not the prime minister. Yes, the prime minister has to be aware of what is going on but often times prime ministers become obstacles when trying to process all the information themselves.
Ensure that communication flows freely throughout the project as well as between the project, the broader business organization and stakeholders.
As communication is the lifeblood of the project and the project will not function efficiently unless the information flows freely and independently of the project manager.
Also a common mistake for beginners is that becoming a prime contact bottleneck leads to low productivity
Ensure the project is properly planned, staffed and budgeted to deliver what is expected
Ensure that you analyze the risks, properly manage the risks and mitigate them on an ongoing basis.
A large project may require many iterations and follow-ups
Learn to properly delegate and don’t get burdened with details, as the team is often more adept at handling it anyway.
Possible problems occurring
When a project manager works on a large project, he or she will likely encounter:
Lots of manual work due to the sheer volume of information that needs to be processed
Difficulty validating business decisions (i.e. problems with calculating the number of resources required)
The disagreement between project and resource management (i.e. bottlenecks)
Team cooperation problems
Some examples of potential problems
Some examples of problems that may depend on a large size of the project are:
A huge amount of information to be processed by PM or lead engineer
Complex organizational structure, created to process this information
The complex communication processes required to keep this structure together
Miscommunication and disconnection between different teams working on the same problem affecting the progress of the project
Many aspects of this complexity were not taken into account in the beginning, resulting in significant schedule and budget cuts and major omissions.
Many stakeholders with varying needs