While the Internet is home to an abundance of useful information, it also plays host to plenty of rumours and misguided text. As a project management apprentice or student, it can be difficult to distinguish the truth from the lies. Luckily, we have done that for you, as believing a myth could start your career off on the wrong foot. Read on to discover more about some of the most common project management myths.
1. Risk management guarantees that risks will be addressed – Managing the risks is, of course, a key part of effective project management. This includes determining what the risks of the project are, assessing the chance of them happening and their impact if they were to occur, as well as deciding if/how to address the said risk. It is advisable to perform this risk identification process at the start of the project, enabling you to support the mitigation and management of risks throughout the entire project. However, this does not mean that are all risks are addressed. It is more than likely that risks will crop up throughout the project life cycle that weren’t initially addressed, and so continual management is critical.
2. Capability equates to performance – This is another myth. The choice of project team members emphasises knowledge, experience, and ability. These can make a huge difference when setting the project’s direction, pace, and tone. However, it does not always equate to project performance. There are many other factors that need to be taken into account, such as commitment and availability.
3. One size fits all – Any project manager apprentice looking to make their way in the industry should know that there is no such thing as one size fits all with regards to software and various solutions. While this does not mean that you need to build everything from scratch, you do need to pick something that can be tailored to the needs of your team. If you merely select a solution based on price alone, it will only put barriers in the way.
4. Conflict is unhealthy – Of course, you don’t want a team that is going to be at loggerheads each and every day. This is not to say that conflict is unhealthy, though. The more complex a project is, the increased likelihood of conflict. If everything goes swimmingly and no one disagrees with one and other, you have to ask whether those on the team really care about the project and the outcome?
5. When there is a will, there is a way – This is a saying you are probably familiar with, and while it is inspiring, it is certainly not true. Most people have experienced working in a project or business environment whereby it was an impossible mission for members to complete a project on schedule, to budget, or per the project requirements. Just because you want something complete by a certain time does not mean that it is feasible. If you set project deadlines that are too unrealistic, you are only setting up your team for failure.