Five Reasons Why Projects Hit Roadblocks

Business projects take a lot of manpower, legwork, and know-how to hit their full potential. Unavoidable roadblocks happen from time to time and it’s important to know how to overcome them. We are discussing five major factors that can make or break any project venture and ways that you can challenge them. 

The Idea Needs a Rework

The idea is the foundation of any project. So if it is not quite right, the project will automatically hit a standstill. A good idea consists of several factors.

  • First – the idea itself has to be in keeping with the ethos of the business in question, if it isn’t a good fit then it is harder to make into reality as it will lack in support and ability to execute.
  • Secondly, you have to have the resources to bring everything together; without this component, there will be no moving forward. 
  • And lastly, a good idea needs to be plannable from start to finish with clear objectives, actions, and consequences that align with your brand.

If your idea just isn’t sailing, try tweaking and regrouping to bring it in line with what you’re trying to achieve. Sometimes, a small change can yield the greatest impact.

This is why managing projects with Gantt charts makes so much sense, as visual tools help users spot bottlenecks holding things up. 

Lack of Skills

The most common reason a project may look like it’s about to crash and burn is owing to a lack of skills in the professionals involved.

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This is everything from the manager’s ability and planning skills to budget manifestation. Below are some key skills every manager needs to have to properly lead and fulfill a project to its natural conclusion. 

Fundamental Business Skills Every Manager Should Know

Proper Management

Whether or not you properly manage your project will have a significant impact on the successful outcome. If you don’t have the right management skills at your disposal, you risk losing investors and interest.

You will fail to keep track of task trajectory and make your idea look unprofessional and chaotic. Learning essential skillsets enables a manager to stay on course and keep everyone in the loop in a clear, interpretable format.

Tools like Gantt charts allow a visual representation of timeline and task delegation and facilitate every member involved in a project to stay up to date and in the loop.

Financial Projection

Regardless of niche expertise, a manager needs to know the financial prospects of any project they are running. Keeping up to date with budget strains and potentially negative factors is the difference between a failure and a success.

Every manager should make it their business to be up to date with budgeting measures and the cash flow involved every step of the way. They are accountable in the same way as the budgeting department and though it is their right to delegate, it is also their role to remain in control as well. 

Funding Issues

When a project hits a roadblock owing to funding issues, there are several routes to take. Finding a new investor is at the top of the list and it is, unfortunately, a necessity when an original investor either changes their mind on the project or backs out due to other commitments.

A lack of funding can devastatingly pull the plug, so if it happens, stay vigilant, think on your feet, and look elsewhere for help to keep things running. Fundraise, network, and re-explore previous funding options to see if they are a fit for your current idea. 

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Insufficient Engagement 

Every idea needs a support network, without it, there will be a natural lack of engagement. When this happens, the whole idea becomes somewhat irrelevant. Keep engagement from funders, potential clients, and workers by nurturing everyone involved.

Have a professional attitude and take care of investors so they know where their money is being placed and how it is being used. Run focus groups and advertising campaigns to keep your future audience up to speed and excited about what is to come. 

Staff incentives and looking after mental health in the workplace are essential parts of making sure no one suffers a burnout as a result of their work. It is a manager’s role to bring all these things together and work collaboratively to overcome potential failures. 

Though projects fail from time to time, there are ways around common issues as detailed above. It is a heavy burden on a leader’s shoulders, but they are in that role for a reason. Professionalism, planning, and knowing how to navigate all the elements of a project will keep things going in the way they are supposed to and stop problems in their tracks. 

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Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

– Jon