Twelve ways to get the least from yourself and your project

This article, excerpted from What Made Gertie Gallop? Learning From Project Failures, discusses twelve important contributing causes of project failure: 1) ignoring the project environment; 2) pushing a new technology to market prematurely; 3) neglecting to build a fallback position; 4) sanctioning key personnel for problems; 5) neglecting new ideas; 6) failing to conduct feasibility studies; 7) an unwillingness to admit failure; 8) overmanaging the project and team; 9) failing to conduct post-failure reviews; 10) not understanding project trade-offs; 11) allowing politics and infighting to affect key decisions; and 12) having ineffectual leadership. Realistically, failure must be seen as a possibility for any project, but this is no cause for discouragement because failures provide valuable experience and grist for wisdom.
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