Conducting a project postmortem after data management project failure
Are project managers ultimately responsible for project
or failure? The mentality around here seems to be that if a project tanks, it falls on
the shoulders of the PMs (regardless of whether the project was a good idea to begin with).
No. Project managers don't operate in a vacuum. Often, people on projects have at best a
"dotted line" relationship to the PM. I'd argue that true executive sponsorship is essential for a
project to succeed, and PMs cannot mandate that. It's just as facile to always blame people like me
(consultants) when things blow up.
Doing a project postmortem on failed
IT projects often manifests that there's plenty of blame to go around. I can't see holding a PM
singularly responsible for any mess, save for possible cases of intentional project sabotage.
This was first published in March 2010