As project managers we have all seen it before - stakeholders meddling in projects. A project can get quickly out of control when stakeholders start to meddle. By definition, "meddling" means:
But what happens when stakeholders usurp the role of the project manager, start to make decisions, and steer the project in a new direction? As a project manager, what do you do? What contemporary case studies can we turn to? The answer is: we cannot - there are practically none. Indeed, what organization would disclose these types of project issues?
Fortunately, there is an alternative. Just look at well-documented projects from the past. For example, the project to build the Olympic-class ships Olympic and Titanic, one of the most famous projects of the twentieth century, where you would not expect to see stakeholders meddling. Nevertheless, the project provides strong learning lessons in what could go wrong in projects - even today. Even though this happened a century ago, there are many strong parallels to modern project failures.
1. Source: Merriam-Webster - The Free Dictionary
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