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10 Things Project Managers Should Never Do

Project management is a complex field requiring a keen balance of communication, organisation, and decision-making skills.

Here are ten things that project managers should avoid to maintain effective leadership and project success:

  1. Ignore the Team's Input: Disregarding team members' suggestions and insights can lead to missed opportunities and decreased team morale.

  2. Micromanage: Over-managing every small task can stifle team autonomy and innovation.

  3. Neglect Project Scope: Allowing the project scope to expand unchecked (scope creep) can lead to missed deadlines and budget overruns.

  4. Underestimate Time and Resources: Consistently underestimating the resources and time projects require can strain teams and disappoint stakeholders.

  5. Fail to Prioritise: Not setting clear priorities can lead to inefficient work and wasted resources.

  6. Communicate Poorly: Ineffective communication can result in misunderstandings, errors, and a lack of team cohesion.

  7. Ignore Project Risks: Failing to anticipate or address potential risks can jeopardise the entire project.

  8. Avoid Tough Decisions: Hesitation or avoidance in making critical decisions can lead to delays and missed opportunities.

  9. Forget to Set Milestones: Without clear milestones, it's difficult to measure progress effectively and keep the project on track.

  10. Overlook Team Development: Not investing in the team's growth and development can lead to stagnation and reduced productivity over time.


Avoiding these pitfalls helps project managers lead more effectively, ensuring project success and team satisfaction.


If you would like to learn more about how to efficiently manage a project – from Budgeting to Close – call Elevated Software and speak directly with our experienced project manager to see how we keep our projects on track.


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