Insufficiency of Traditional Project Planning Techniques

Insufficiency of Traditional Project Planning Techniques

A notable concern in project planning is that the traditional methods tend to be insufficient, especially when project deliverables are subject to changing requirements. Similarly, the methods can register insufficiency in instances involving continuous input from the project client. Pinto (2019) provides some essential insights into why these methods are unreliable.

Pinto (2019) purports that the traditional methods are ineffective because of the unpredictable environment. Accordingly, such concerns as changes in customers’ taste, disruptive technologies, and complex development processes are typical in modern-modelled projects (Pinto, 2019). Consequently, these factors tend to be incompatible with such project deliverables and likely to result in the derailing of the project.

Another concern attributed to the traditional project method regards the planning approach. Based on the problems associated with this area, the traditional planning method tends to incorporate assumptions of stability and predictable development into projects. Based on such assumptions, innovative techniques like Agile took shape (Pinto, 2019). Unlike the traditional model, Agile is practical because it does not assume that project conceptualization and specifications can just be executed based on the original plan. Instead, the model allows for some flexibility in considering the changes that can transpire as the project takes shape.

Based on the concerns raised, the traditional project planning methods entails significant incompatibilities that do not align with continuous input from clients. The unpredictable environment and customer taste dynamics will likely interrupt the scope and project timeframe. At the same time, the traditional planning technique work based on assumptions, which are ineffective as they do not give room to possible changes that may arise from the client’s input. Compared to modern models such as Agile, they lack some essential risk management aspects, rendering them ineffective.


Pinto, J. (2019). Project Management: Achieving competitive advantage. Pearson.