Project problem solving 101

Projects are often initiated to solve problems, although such problem solving projects may aim to take us from good to better, rather than simply putting right something that has gone wrong within our project.

Sometimes in project management we make a distinction between problems and issues – problems are those that we as project managers can resolve within our delegated authority, whereas issues require a solution beyond our authority as defined in the project charter.  Of course should we escalate an issue to our project sponsor for a decision, we should also suggest some solutions and preferably identify our preferred solution and explain.

Project management problems are not of course confined to behind-schedule or over-budget concerns, but check here if that’s your concern.  There might also be at least 34 other types of problems:

attitude problems
business problems
capacity problems
communication problems
competition problems
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