Discussing Project Failure and Mindsets

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: September 23, 2015

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Last week we tuned into #PMchat on Twitter (a weekly Twitter chat on project management with talented professionals joining from all over the world) and found the content to be particularly inspiring. Naomi Caietti, founder and managing editor at The Glass Breakers, author, and project manager hosted the chat, guiding the conversation from project failure to moving forward afterward, to your mindset after mistakes.

Below are some highlights and recommended reading for those of you who find yourselves stressed day in and day out while on the job.

Is it possible to fail your way to success?

Is embracing failures a path to success?

Participants chimed that it isn’t possible to “fail your way to success” repeatedly but learning from project failures is a very good skill to apply, and arguably what builds strong leaders.

Moving Forward after Failures

It’s important to consider what has to happen after the failure of a project. Why did the project fail: was it poor communication? Going over budget? Lack of time management?

We particularly enjoyed viewing responses to this question and learning how others move forward after a rough end to a project. One thing that everyone agreed on was the need to review the project from the big picture, avoid blame, and meet as a team to regroup.

Your Mindset after Mistakes

Carrying mistakes with you can sound like a negative attribute, but for some it is a way to remind themselves of what hasn’t worked in the past. Push yourself to rise above a misstep keeping your lessons learned as ammunition for more successful project planning and execution in the future.

When it comes to a failing project, taking responsibility and acknowledging what went wrong will build trust with your team and clients making you a stronger leader. A clear, thoughtful mindset will only help you grow stronger.

If you’re interested in this topic, be sure to check out our recommended readings: 10 Questions Every Project Manager Should Ask to Define a Project, Project Review, Methods for Managing Project Risks or any of the related posts below.  Tweet us your thoughts on Twitter. We definitely recommend you join in on the chat this week!

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