What do you get when you cross General George S. Patton, Henry Ford, and the world of IT project management? An assertive and effective way of facing and tackling potential risks and problems in projects. When it comes to IT projects, there are a number of common mistakes that are made frequently - and too often project managers either avoid facing the problems that those mistakes create or they choose to dance around them. What they should be doing is emulating great leaders like Ford and Patton by having the leadership skills and courage to face problems head on.
How? Through creating an environment of trust in their team, having the courage to admit mistakes and deal with risks as they come, and learning how to communicate more effectively with everyone involved in their projects.
When facing the obstacles associated with challenging projects, it really doesn't matter if you approach projects with a Waterfall or an Agile methodology. If you try to go around the six common mistakes outlined in this paper, instead of dealing with them head on as General Patton and the Third Army, your project will likely fail.