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These are the 3 most common mistakes when planning a project


1. Unrealistic goals and budgets


Unfortunately, many projects are still executed with inaccurate timelines and unrealistic budgets. While realistic estimates of time and investment form the foundation of a successful project. Every project is somewhat unique, so realize that you cannot always come up with exact estimates.

It is therefore important to keep checking progress in the meantime and to keep adjusting the planning accordingly. So also build in buffers for unforeseen circumstances. See the project planning as an organic document that can change. That will save you a lot of disappointments in the long run.


2. Bad or no communication


A successful project stands or falls with collaboration between its participants or teams. Certainly when working with online teams, where the members do not see or speak to each other much, a solid project management tool is indispensable.

Many companies still choose Excel. Although this is understandable for small, well-organized projects, this software has shortcomings to make a project really successful. For example, you can easily keep track of the timing and budget of your project in Excel, but the program does not offer the possibility to share information centrally or to communicate quickly.


3. No clear objectives


Poorly defined objectives are one of the biggest risks to your project, regardless of the size or complexity of the assignment. If the primary objectives are not clear from the start, the project is likely to end in failure. Try to describe each objective concretely and link it to your larger, company-wide goals.

If you do not do all this, you run the risk that more and more results are expected and that the scope of the project will gradually be expanded. The objectives make it easier to determine which issues have priority.

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