~ By Ty Kiisel
Underground mining is a dangerous occupation. What's more, before the advent of sophisticated breathing apparatus, methane and carbon monoxide made it even more dangerous for the men working in the mines. In the early days of underground mining, because their metabolism was susceptible to methane and carbon monoxide poisoning, canaries played an important role in keeping miners safe.
Miners who paid attention to the early warning signs owed their lives to the canaries. They were able to recognise the danger and get out of the mine before it was too late.
I think everyone would agree that missing deadlines or exceeding budgets is evidence that a project is probably in trouble. However, those symptoms are often recognised after it's too late to do anything about it. Anyone doing project based work knows how important it is to recognise a project in trouble before it's too late. Here is a list of early warning signs that every project manager should be aware of:
Recognising problems before it's too late to do anything about them is critical to work management success. Addressing issues early on is the best way to save a lagging project, as well as a project manager's career. What early warning signs to do you watch for?