Poor Project Management

Poor Project Management
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JMost projects, be it construction, power, roads and buildings and so on, have become synonymous with delays. The ultimate price of these delays is paid by people, causing unnecessary and unavoidable problems and issues. In terms of economics, delays in completion of projects lead to cost over runs on account of inflation among other things. The reason(s) for inordinate delays actually pertain to poor and shoddy project management. However, other reasons are trotted out by people who are in charge and involved in projects here. These reasons which include climactic and weather conditions in Kashmir, political uncertainty and volatility thereof and systemic issues, are real but there are other places in the world which have poor , inclement weather and even political volatility. But, often times, projects are not delayed inordinately as here. In these places, structural , macro and micro issues are actually factored into planning and execution stages of projects which then usually are completed on time. But, in Kashmir, the story is different. Here , besides shoddy project management, corruption, a lackadaisical approach, lax oversight and accountability measures, among other things, are contributory factors to delays in the execution and completion of projects. The question is: can these issues be obviated and projects completed in time? The answer is yes. What is needed a clear conception and idea of project management. If there is no existing availability of expertise in this particular area, then efforts need to be made to find and hire it. But, professional project management is part of half of the answer. The other half lies in ensuring, and devising oversight and accountability measures that actually are effective and work. Multiple layers of accountability must be created and stringent oversight mechanisms be created at all levels and stages of a given project. These must be followed and complemented by built in financial and pecuniary penalties for those who fail to complete a project in time. ( The penalties, meaningful and strict, must be incorporated into contracts). The suggestions delineated here are not exhaustive; more can and must be done. But, for now, following these measures cumulatively, both in letter and spirit can, to a large extent, facilitate smooth project management thereby ensuing completion of projects in the stipulated time frames. To repeat, the ultimate sufferers of shoddy project management and delays thereof are people. It is then about time that efficient and effective measures that redound to the benefit of people are taken.

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