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17 Top Reasons Why Projects Fail and What You Can Do to Avoid Failure

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About This Course

Project failure is expensive to your organization and to your career. This course will reveal the most prevalent causes of project failure and will show you what you can do to avoid the reason for failure by going after the root causes. Not surprisingly, the project manager is almost always a major factor for success or failure of a project. This course is so important to project and program managers, it should be mandatory for all project and program managers—whether new or experienced. Although the course is predominantly focused on IT projects, the lessons are relevant to all industries and all projects. This course and its takeaway exhibits can be a game changer for your career.

This course is also available in 2 bundles, 24 PDUs to Satisfy Your Talent Triangle and  Neal Whitten’s Professional Development Series: Achieving Project Success, as well as the PDU Passport, our all-access pass to every InSite PDU course.


  • Introduction
  • Project Failure
  • Reasons for Project Failure
  • Incomplete Requirements
  • Unreliable Estimates
  • Poor Project Planning
  • Poor Risk Management
  • Inadequate Staffing
  • Insufficiently Skilled Staff
  • Ineffective Executive Sponsorship
  • Lack of User Involvement
  • Ineffective Methodology and Processes
  • Poor Communications
  • Weak Governance
  • Poorly Managed Expectations
  • Ineffective Quality Focus
  • Scope Creep and Weak Change Control System
  • Ineffective Monitoring and Controlling
  • Inadequate Testing
  • Weak Project Manager
  • Course Questions and Answers
  • Assessing Your Project’s Health
  • Course True/False Quiz
  • Course Summary and Wrap Up


  • Exercise – Assessing your Project’s Health
  • Power Snippet
  • Foundational Guidance for Successful Projects
  • True/False Quiz (with answers)
  • Certificate of Completion

Target Audience: Best for PMP® and PgMP® certification holders.

Outcome: 6 Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be applied towards the following certifications: PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-BA, PMI-RMP, and PMI-SP

Author: Neal Whitten 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I earn Professional Development Units (PDUs)?

    Yes, you can! All of our InSite courses qualify for Professional Development Units (PDUs) through PMI®. We’ve aligned them to meet the requirements of the PMI Talent Triangle™ making it easy for you to submit them with PMI®. We’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here.

  • What is the Talent Triangle, and how does it impact my PDUs?

    PMI requires that you earn a minimum number of 8 PDUs in Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic and Business Management categories. This course qualifies for 6 PDUs (2 Leadership PDUs and 4 Strategic & Business PDUs) towards your recertification.


  • How long will I have access to this course?

    You will have access to this course for 6 months from the time you activate the course key in your account.

  • When will I be able to access this course?

    Upon purchase, this course will automatically be added to your account. However, your 6-month access period will not begin until you activate the course key.

  • How long will it take me to complete the course?

    You will earn 6 PDUs for completing this course. Therefore, it should take you about 6 hours to complete the course, but you can revisit sections or watch lessons as many times as you wish during your access period. One of the best features is you can pause a course and pick up right where you left off when you log back into your account. InSite is self-paced, which makes it simple for you to learn when it is convenient for you.

  • Can I access this course from a mobile device?

    Yes, you can take this course from your computer, tablet or mobile device.  If you can access the internet, you can access this course.

  • How do I report my PDUs?

    You can report your PDUs and check your current PDU balance directly through PMI. For your convenience, we’ve created step-by-step instructions to claiming your PDUs here. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete this course which you should save in case you get audited by PMI.

  • PDUs: 6

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17 Top Reasons Why Projects Fail and What You Can Do to Avoid Failure

PMI Talent Triangle™

  • Leadership PDUs: 2
  • Technical PDUs: 0
  • Strategic PDUs: 4

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"The PM Principles were most helpful along with the need to constantly assess project health. "

Jack, T., PMP

"Knowing these reasons for project failure really helps as we plan our projects for success."

-Louis A., PMP

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The examples helped the most

A good course

The 17 reasons were most helpful


Power snippets are very handy.


Helpful Q & A and handouts.