What are some of the most common project management pet peeves?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

All project managers dislike certain aspects of the job. Sometimes it is the behavior of the people on their team. Other times it is the actual process of planning a particular project.

A recent article on Business Insider highlighted some pet peeves experienced by some of the world's most famous project managers. If you are a project manager yourself, these annoyances may be all too familiar.

  • Pet Peeve #1: Unformed ideas. According to a recent Politico piece, President Barack Obama has little patience for staffers who show up at meetings with "half-baked ideas." This is understandable, considering that the president is a busy man who could always be doing something more useful with his time. Project managers of all stripes need to insist that team members fully vet their ideas before presenting them to the team.
  • Pet Peeve #2: Over-caffeinated overachievers. Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington once told ABC News that she gets annoyed by those who brag about working around the clock. Pulling an all-nighter to finish an assignment can be an indication of inefficiency and poor planning. And people who stay up all night to complete a task are probably not delivering the best results.
  • Pet Peeve #3: Laziness. Entrepreneur Mark Cuban has a general gripe about people. He thinks too many are lazy and often don't do their homework. All project managers should keep close tabs on each team member, making sure that tasks are being completed on time and important milestones are being met.

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