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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

10 Common Mistakes That Young or Inexperienced Project Managers Make - Mistake 10

By: Wes Balakian

Refusing to Ask for Help

One of the most common mistakes made by inexperienced project managers is the belief that asking for help will make them seem incompetent in the eyes of their peers and management. Nothing could be further from the truth. Good project managers know their limitations and always see out help at the earliest possible time.

Refusing to seek out help can result in schedule slippages, and cost overruns. If the project manager delays too long in seeking help, the number of options to correct the problem can diminish. Sponsors should encourage project managers to ask for help at the earliest possible time, but not to expect the sponsor to be the dumping ground for all problems that the project manager cannot resolve. Remember the story of the Titanic the “unsinkable” ship. How many more would have survived if the Captain called for help the minute they struck the iceberg?

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Author: Wes Balakian
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Wes Balakian is the Balanced Scorecard Institute's Director, Project Management Group with over 30 years’ experience in the business management field as a project management consultant, trainer, author and technologist.

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Wes Balakian is the Balanced Scorecard Institute's Director, Project Management Group with over 30 years’ experience in the business management field as a project management consultant, trainer, author and technologist.

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