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10 Major Causes of Project Failure

12-02-2022 10:32 AM CET | Science & Education

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After a project has been rolled out after all the planning and effort, it is hoped that it will work out smoothly. But that is not always the case. This is why it is the responsibility of the project manager to ensure that the execution of the project happens without hindrance and can manage fallouts as well as prevent failures in the future. This is necessary to ensure a high success rate.

As a project manager, you would expect a project that you supervise to be successful in the end and be implemented. Therefore, you should be aware of the reasons why a project might face the risk of failure. In this article, we have explained 10 major causes of project failure and what you can do to avoid project failure.

Causes of Project Failure

Many reasons can contribute to the failure of a project, and most of them can be avoided if dealt with proper knowledge and awareness of the situation based on the signs that may be exuded during the process of project planning and execution. Here are those 10 reasons which can lead to a project failure.

1. Lack of Preparation

During the planning stage, it is extremely crucial to set a clear picture of what is required of the project and what needs to be done to achieve that. In this way, you can understand which are the things that may need to be avoided in order to avoid losing focus of the ultimate goal and achieve success.

During the planning stage, you should make a clear outline of the execution process to avoid chaos and confusion. You should ensure that your project meets the requirements of the stakeholders In terms of cost, time, and product quality to provide an optimally produced product. Before beginning work, discuss the plan with all teams involved to ensure proper knowledge of all members.

2. Inadequate Documentation & Tracking

Project managers and project leads are jointly responsible for project documentation and ensuring the project is being executed in accordance with the guidelines provided within the allotted time and budget constraints without compromising on the quality of the projects. Without tracking the progress of the project, you would not be able to understand if there are any lags happening or if the quality is being maintained.

3. Poor Leadership

Project managers, team leads, and management leads are responsible for overseeing the execution and success of a project. If they all don't come together and work their part, expectations on the other parties may do more harm than good.

4. Failure to Define Parameters & Enforce Them

Project managers should be able to coordinate with the project team members and schedule the project in a coordinated manner to ensure proper channelization of resources. Whenever tasks and goals do not meet the required standards at any stage, there should be an effort to review the course of work and make the necessary changes to ensure the meeting of standards.

5. Inexperienced Project Managers

Project managers have one of the most important responsibilities in a team. With prior experience in projects, they make great leaders. If new and inexperienced project managers are selected to manage projects, they may have problems syncing with the management and, maybe the team as well. This can also lead to project failure.

6. Inaccurate Cost Estimates

Having an insufficient idea of the cost estimates for executing a project or not managing costs well can lead to a shortage of funds or unaccounted-for usage of costs. As a project manager, you have to ensure the proper and optimal usage of available funds as well as monitor the expenditures to ensure failures can be avoided and the allotted budget is not exceeded.

7. Poor Communication Among Cross-Team Members

Poor or improper communication between two parties, no matter if they are from the management, the stakeholders, the team members, or even the team lead, can be a big reason for the failure of a project. Suggestions and concerns regarding any aspect should be heard and given importance to avoid grievances. When everyone is on the same page about something, the work can be finished smoothly and properly.

8. Work Ethics

The work environment in a company should encourage employees to be proactive, communicative, and professional, and work with the highest competence and satisfaction. When everyone is optimally working on their own role, the outputs are maximized. Diverse teams can create a fun and competitive working environment, making the most out of the best that is available there.

9. Poor Resource Planning

Inadequate resource forecasting and accounting errors in allocation are one of the biggest causes of project failure. When resources or funds are not enough, it may put pressure on the quality standards. With limited resources available, it is never a good thing to just be hopeful about everything fitting in. As project managers, you have to make sure that everyone understands the situation of resources available and how much or how long they can work optimally to put the best product out.

10. Disregarding Warning Signs

If a project is on the path to failure, there will be some warning signs that have to be managed, lest the worst should happen. Project managers should take immediate and necessary action to save a project from failure.

How to Avoid Project Failure?

As you have learned the reasons for a project failure, you should also know how to avoid project failure. At the management level, providing adequate employee training, transparency in communication about expectations and goals, as well as solid project planning are some of the ways of avoiding failure.

It is also important to find the right project management software to keep a project working and on the right track. People working with this software can easily manage tasks such as tracking time and costs, as well as estimating costs.

Project planning may not always be made fail-proof. A 100% success rate may not be the real picture but it is important to be aware of the common reasons why a project may fail and look out for such signs to avoid failure.


Project failure is neither desirable nor does it do any good to the morale of a team. There can be many reasons for project failure from the management side or the leader side. Here we have listed 10 such reasons that can be avoided to ensure the success of a project. Inexperience and improper knowledge of project management is a key reasons for project failure. You can become a well-versed project manager with the help of where you will learn the fundamental to advanced level skills of a project manager with profound knowledge in failure avoidance so that a project sees the day ultimately.


1. How to become a project manager?

You can become a certified project manager with the help of s project management certification course and training to learn the necessary skills of the trade. In the project management course, you can learn how to lead and direct a project from start to finish to ensure optimal utilization of resources for delivering the best possible results conforming to the expectations of the company's shareholders.

2. What skills do I need to become a project manager?

Anyone willing to become a project manager can join the project management course. Although the basic idea of project management is desired but not mandatory. However, there might be certain eligibility requirements for taking the project management exam that candidates need to fulfill.

3. What qualifications are needed to become a project manager?

For enrolling in the project management course, the prerequisites and eligibility criteria are defined for each separate type of course.

4. How long does it take to finish a project management course?

The duration of a project management course may differ depending on the type of management course you have opted for and the training partner. You can choose weekend classes or weekday classes based on which the classes and the total course will be scheduled, thereby, differing in the duration of the project management course.

5. What do I learn in the project management course?

The project management course details may vary for different courses. You can enroll in different courses depending on your aims and goals as a project manager. In a project management course, you will learn the tools, techniques, and systems involved in project management. You will also learn about the life cycle of a project.

6. What are the minimum requirements to complete a project management course?

The different project management courses may have different eligibility criteria for taking the exam. Enrolling in a project management course will help you prepare for the respective project management exam. The minimum training requirement before taking the project management exam is 35 hours which can be provided by a project management course.

7. What are the job opportunities after a project management course?

Project management courses train individuals for the role of project managers and leaders perfect for the corporate setting. The salary and position in a company depend upon the size of the company and the level of experience and credentials you have.

8. What are the benefits of a project management course?

A project management course trains individuals who are interested in pursuing a career as a project manager or project lead in a company or organization. Certified project managers are much in demand and the demand is set to increase by 33% by the year 2025. As they are hired in most of the important sectors such as finance, manufacturing, healthcare, etc., recruiters look for certified and experienced project managers to carry out their projects to success.

9. Is project management in demand?

Demand for project management jobs is set to increase at a rate of 33% by the year 2025 due to the increased number of job positions to be filled by project management professionals. It is expected that around 8 million project manager job roles are to be filled in the year 2022.

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