We’ve covered some of the reasons your stakeholders (reasons-your-stakeholders-are-unhappy) and end users (reasons-your-end-users-are-unhappy) may be unhappy, but what about the people in your Project Team? Many of their concerns translate into wider issues, so take a minute to see if there are problems your team might be facing. We’ve also included some tips on overcoming these obstacles before they do any more damage.

They are not empowered. It’s a common cause of angst among project management professionals that can also impact end users and stakeholders when responses are slow in coming or requests seem to go nowhere. Do team members have the authority to do their jobs efficiently and well? Unless there are specific reasons to hold your team back, give them as much control as possible over their specific project areas. Reserve additional authorization requirements for those instances—such as significant expenditures or changes to compliance-level processes—where they’re truly necessary.


They are not appreciated. People like to know their efforts have made a difference. Taking employees for granted (even unintentionally) can drag down the team’s performance and could even prompt them to look for opportunities outside your Project Team. Accolades don’t need to be excessive or expensive—a simple thank you goes a long way, and taking the time to acknowledge special achievements during the next project meeting might also give the rest of the team a morale boost.


They are not kept in the loop. It’s too easy to fall into the “need to know” trap, especially when things are really busy. Not only can a robust communication stream keep everyone on the same page, you’re likely to discover that involving your team more fully gives better results—they can offer suggestions to avoid potential problems downstream, and they’ll be better able to identify opportunities for cost savings throughout the project’s lifecycle.


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Project Experience

Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.