Why do some projects keep on drifting away from the Go-Live date?

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So here is the question for you!

Why do some projects keep on drifting away from the Go-Live date? In other words, why do they keep on pushing out the Go-live date?

There can be many reasons. However, one of the most common causes is adding scope to the project.

As the key project stakeholders learn more about the product, they often like to add more features. The Project Sponsor and executive team like to deliver a complete solution to the Business.

As a result, they keep adding the scope and spending more.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

  • How does additional scope and delay in the project timeline affect the project stakeholders?
  • How does moving the Go-Live impacts team morale?
  • How does extending the project Go-Live affect the project momentum?
  • How does extending the project Go-Live affect other projects in the pipeline?

The Project Sponsors should not treat drifting away from the Go-Live date lightly. It can cause many other risks. Therefore, undertake a full risk assessment before adding an additional scope to the project.

Keep your focus on the end goal! Don’t get distracted by perfectness and completeness!

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