Projects often experience problems and it’s expected the Project Manager should solve them. Sometimes however the Project Manager doesn’t have the necessary experience or knowledge to solve them, they don’t have the back-up from their company, or the problem is simply too big and difficult to resolve. Project Managers either:
ignore the problem hoping it will go away
try and hide the problem from their Head Office
try and solve the problem, often in the wrong way, making it worse
It’s important when a potential problem is detected which could jeopardise the completion of the project or affect its profitability, that the Project Manager:
notifies their manager
asks for help if necessary
makes contingency in the project’s cost report for the problem’s potential impact
Senior management usually don’t like dealing with problems, but they dislike surprises and failed projects even more.
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