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Key Mistakes To Avoid In Engineering Projects: List By One Of The Leading Engineering Companies In Kenya

Ever wonder why some engineering projects go off track? It’s not always due to bad ideas. Even the best-laid plans can hit unexpected snags. As one of the leading engineering companies in Kenya, we explore key mistakes to watch out for during an engineering project. By identifying these common pitfalls early, you can proactively avoid them and ensure your project stays on target, on schedule, and within budget.


  1. Inadequate planning:

Many engineering  projects fall short due to inadequate planning from the outset. This lack of upfront planning can lead to several issues such as failing to clearly define project goals and objectives at the start. Also, without a robust plan there might be a lack of transparency when it comes to resource allocations. Furthermore, inadequate planning may lead to poor risk assessment processes, leaving the project vulnerable to unforeseen setbacks and liabilities. These complications can snowball and lead to: 

  • Project delays: Missing several deadlines can impact the project schedule and delay the delivery or handover to clients. 
  • Budget overruns: Delays can lead to added expenses that are beyond the initial assessments. The increased costs can put the project under financial strain. In some cases, the engineering project may exceed the allocated funds.
  • Compromised quality: Lack of planning can cause the team to rush certain parts of the project to meet the deadlines. This rush can lower the quality of work. 
  1. Poor communication and collaboration:

One of the biggest mistakes that project managers can make is to have poor communication within the team or between the team and stakeholders or external collaborators. It can lead to a myriad of problems in the project, including – 

  • Misunderstandings: Lack of proper communication can give rise to misunderstandings or misinterpretation of instructions. Team members may also have confusion regarding timelines, specifications and other technical aspects of the project.
  • Inefficient resource allocation: With no clear lines of communication there can be a misunderstanding related to the necessary resources to complete a task. This can lead to underutilisation of resources.


3. Insufficient risk management:

Risk management is essential in any engineering project. Ignoring potential risks can cause serious issues later. Here are some of the problems that come from not managing risks properly:

  • Unforeseen challenges: These are risks that were not identified early. They can lead to delays, go over budget, and might cause the project to fail. By assessing risks proactively, you can identify these hidden issues early and create backup plans.
  • Reactive approach: If there is no plan for potential risks, the team must react to problems as they occur. This method is stressful and inefficient, often resulting in poor decisions made in haste.

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