Pitfalls Will Happen
Project pitfalls will happen so don't panic when they do. Riding the storm through those pitfalls will stop you from the whirlpool effect of repeating the same errors over and over again. Keep in mind that if you aren't able to identify your weak areas, your projects won't improve.
Before your next project begins, to avoid pitfalls set some goals:
Get organized - Take the time for a project initiation meeting, identify the project charter, statement of work, and implement a good communication plan.
Use project planning - Use a work breakdown structure, choose the right team members, and implement risk management.
Manage the project - Manage your projects by having regular meetings with status reports. Implement change management into your project and allow your team to develop and offer ideas.
Learn from your pitfalls - Keep track of your pitfalls and learn from them. What went wrong and why? Identify how you can change pitfalls in future projects.
Riding the storm through project pitfalls IS a management skill. Managers who are able to adapt, think clearly, oversee, and correct future mistakes are top managers.
Make an investment in your management skills and become a member of the Project Management Institute; utilize their resource library, periodicals and seminar training to avoid stumbling as you move forward.