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PM Obstacles: Unrealistic Goals

Leaders who set unrealistic expectations often lack understanding of the intricacies involved in a project and the ripple effect they create on decisions, contingencies and risk. Still, best for project managers to assume good intent and work to overcome this challenge with detailed planning, communication and documentation.


Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC

Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

This is the final installment in our four-part “PM Obstacles” series in which we explored common barriers that project leaders and team members face, and how sound project management practices can be used to overcome them. In the first three articles, we examined the culture of firefighting, turf wars and miracle work. We wrap up with unrealistic expectations and micro-managers.

While all project management barriers are aggravating, perhaps none is as troublesome as when leaders set unrealistic expectations. Somehow, through the ancient, mystic project management arts, the project manager will be able to deliver under budget on an unrealistic timeline. This is similar to the problem of 



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