Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Why Projects Fail: Building a Business Case, and Addressing Gaps

Authored by John Shaw

In our last post, we talked about overcoming internal barriers to gain support for a project. In this post we’ll address the need for a compelling business case and overcoming a skills gap.

A compelling business case is not enough. It must be communicated clearly and effectively to all parties involved. It needs to be reinforced in every project communication to help ensure everyone understands the change drivers. A compelling business case not only fuels a project, it is crucial to securing executive support and employee compliance.

Skills gap. Know your strengths and, more importantly, your weaknesses – and then create a plan to address them. Focus on what each employee group needs to be successful and identify which players need help in particular areas. Map those skill gaps out on a timeline of activities that corresponds with a training plan to help bring the right skills, to the right people, at the right part of the project.

Stay tuned for our third and final post on why projects fail.

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