Look to your organization's strategy and processes to prevent project failure.
Project managers often take the fall for failures, even though a project consists of many working parts. But the real culprit is often a lack of strategy and processes to support a project's successful delivery.
In my career, I have not seen executives realize, much less acknowledge, the inherent bond among strategy, process and projects. Instead, I have been assigned to projects that were incomplete ideas.
It often happens like this: Something tied to operations is not working well. A decision-maker opts to try to solve the problem with a project. A project manager is hired, a staff member is assigned to be the project manager or a ...