Project management has been around for decades. Although there have been advancements in methods, processes and tools, but project still go wrong. They go wrong for the same reasons all the time.
It is amazing that despite the money and time thrown at projects and the importance stressed on the success of the project that they still go wrong. Numerous times I have been tasked to assess project success, offer an independent view over the project and make recommendation especially whether of not it will succeed. Take a look at a project in its first few months and you will know if it will be a success or not. More often than not, projects repeat what went on before, both good and bad.
Many organisations fail to pay attention to painful lessons learned from past projects. Many don’t actually conduct a lessons learned assessment at the end of a project so the lessons get lost with the disbandment of the project team. Others perform an assessment, but don’t utilise this valuable information.
So the biggest sin in project management is not learning the valuable lessons of past projects.
Simple enough, but only when we learn to do this then will we reduce the number of projects that fail!