Lack of project management or its causes excessive delays, cash flow problems, and ends up costing the IT company more in the long term.
Experienced PMs on board keeps things streamlined and the end result you'll get is:
– high-quality on-time product
– happy developers
– happy stakeholders
– focused team and streamlined workflow
Let us tell you the case of the application development project - with no PM - of our experience.
We led this project almost from scratch and went through thick and thin on every stage.
The business idea and technology stack choice were on point. There was a good team that consisted of two developers, a team lead, a business analyst, and a quality assurance engineer. The only thing is, the client didn't deem it necessary to get a PM on the team and decided to manage the project by himself.
Apparently, he didn't have the whole picture of PM responsibilities and routine. And as a result, the management process was unordered and was becoming more chaotic eventually.
Initially, there was not even a basic PM software in a place like Trello. The requirements and tasks were defined during calls and slack conversation without properly documenting the outcome of the discussions. It seems like the client and the team were not on the same page and they were drifting apart with every new discussion and task.
The application release date was announced on 30 March 2019. At the beginning of March, it became clear that it is not possible to get it right on time because of the new change requests. So, March the release date was missed and therefore was rescheduled
to July. In July the release date was changed again to September because of new requirements and the need for additional testing. So the client was well over budget, developers were despairing, PM place was still left empty..
. There were no remaining doubts, that the initial conjectural estimate with no PM engagement was a shot in the dark. "That's it. That's it. Just a bit more and that's all"
, everybody was thinking. But new requirements and tasks were becoming just kind of snowballed. Missing a project manager is never a good idea. Never a good idea.