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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Worst Practices

One aspect of continuous improvement is to thoughtfully apply practices that many other projects have found to be valuable, provided they’re appropriate for your project and team culture. However, it’s also a good idea to recognize the common mistakes project managers make so you can avoid them. The lessons painfully learned because something didn’t go as planned are the most vivid. You don’t have time to make every mistake that every previous project manager has already made, so you need to learn from their hard-won wisdom. McConnell (1996) identified many classic mistakes for both project initiation and project management, as shown in Table 14-2.

Table 14-2. Some Classic Project Management Mistakes (McConnell 1996)

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