The effect of a lack of knowledge and experience on the part of the project manager affecting the critical success factors within the project life cycle phases

Visser, Hercules
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After being a project manager for many years and overseeing projects in South Africa and beyond the researcher began to ask questions about the reasons for so many project failures. The researcher was motivated to investigate the effect of project managers’ lack of knowledge and experience on the critical success factors within the project life cycle phases. The main objective of this study was to identify the most critical success factors in a project and discover why the implementation of these factors ensures the successful delivery of a project. This research was intended for the engineers who wish to enter the office of the project manager. A comprehensive literature review on project management principles laid the foundation for the research methodology. The researcher formulated a pilot questionnaire which was reviewed by a panel of experienced engineers. The questionnaire was based on the five-point Likert scale instrument, designed to address both quantitative and qualitative applications with minor changes (ranking versus rating method). The software used for analysing the quantitative questionnaires was the IBM SPSS Statistics 24 and the software for data capturing was the MySQL. Using quantitative as well as qualitative research and integrating the two research methods exposed the shortcomings in project management practice
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering. Johannesburg, 2019