75% of Project Changes are Avoidable

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75% of Project Changes are Avoidable

Some time ago, I started running an informal survey in my seminars. I asked attendees to estimate the percentage of project changes that are internal to the project team vs external.

Internal changes are all avoidable. They result from internal team miscommunication, incomplete or faulty internal deliverables, lack of planning, ill-defined work, etc. External changes come from the customer or senior management and are somewhat unavoidable.

I’ve run this in approximately 25 seminars so far, consisting of a broad range of industries and geographical regions… including the US, Europe and India. Every group, without fail, estimated at least 70% of their changes were internal and avoidable. It averages about 75%. In my last group, the estimate was above 90%.

Imagine how much faster your projects would complete if
75% of your changes vanished!

Here is a typical list of avoidable changes (internal to the team):

  • Miscommunication
  • Ill-defined work
  • Incomplete work
  • Faulty internal deliverables
  • Lack of planning
  • Gold-plating
  • Chasing down information
  • Cross-checking questionable information

Curious about how you rank? Take this 4-question survey and I’ll publish the results shortly.

Survey (SurveyMonkey): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NKLFN6X

May all your projects be successful!

Michael B Bender
The Value Strategist


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