Successful implementation of a time and attendance project requires the commitment of stakeholders on both sides, i.e. the vendor as well as customer. The vendor clearly has to absorb the bulk of the responsibility, and at the same time, has to steer the project in the right direction if they notice it is not going as planned.
In her most recent blog titled 5 early warning signs of project failure for online publication, cio.com, Moira Alexander’s writes in part;
A change-resistant Culture
One of the first (and biggest) warning signs that your project may be headed for failure is an internal culture that is resistant to change. Projects bring about improvements in workflows and new operational best practices, often with an increased use of technology. These changes can create a significant amount of fear, as employees assume the end result will mean job losses or major disruption to their individual working world. Many projects have been internally sabotaged right from the start as result of these fears.
Sponsors that are seldom Available
Another major reason projects fall short is a lack of project sponsorship and buy-in by executives. The role of project sponsors is to assist with championing the project, assisting with securing funding, resolving conflict, and providing support to project, program and portfolio managers. Project managers rely on sponsors for day-to-day support, leadership advice, and to demonstrate to employees and other stakeholders that the project is backed by company executives.
More questions than Answers
An ambiguous project purpose leads to more questions than answers and eventually leads to unrealistic goal attainment. At the onset it is crucial to nail down the exact purpose of the project and as many of the key details as possible for later breakdown. Proceeding with a project without having a clear understanding of the need for the project or its goals will make it virtually impossible to be successful.
Disconnected or disinterested team Members
As project teams are assembled, it’s vital to ensure all individuals are fully vested in the project and their role in it, and that they are fully accountable for their impact on the project. If team members fail to recognize their role, it can create a gap in their contribution levels that may become large enough to jeopardize the project. The full strength of the team depends on the weight that each individual contributes.
Lack of confidence in the project Manager
If stakeholders, project teams, vendors, or other executives lack confidence in a project manager at the start of a project it can be a great cause for concern. The reasons can be many; some may be warranted, while others may not necessarily be substantiated, but the outcome remains the same and can derail a project early on.
If your company is going to invest in a time and attendance, you want to make sure you avoid these mistakes and more importantly, if you recognize any of the warning signs described here should take immediate action to get your project on track again.
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