Author: Adi Muslic, PMP
September, to me, is always about new projects. In many organizations, the budget for next year is discussed and in others, the budget that was agreed in June is being now turned into new projects.
This is also the time when project managers should be very active in sharing their view and insights on how these new projects should be set up and run. This aspect of the business analysis is often ignored and project managers are just simply assigned to projects without a deeper understanding of the environment or required resources and with an estimated project budget. Project managers may even find themselves looking for the project sponsors in the organizations with weak project management governance.
It is a big challenge to meet business expectations of delivering on agreed business objectives in terms of cost or time without committed resources and motivated stakeholders.
This can be mitigated if project managers are consulted in the initiation phase as they can, using their experience, highlight potential risks, help in establishing realistic business targets, engage stakeholders and influence business decisions.
Early engagement in future projects is often the key to their success.
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