Senior management had unrealistic expectations
Very low team member involvement
Integration with other departments was not planned out ahead of time
Management did not manage the project
Right off the bat, Steve should have done some project planning. It seems like there was an idea of how everything needed to be done but it wasn’t very secured and planned with deliverables and prearranged timelines. In the term of product launch and product developing a mix up of dates could really influx the completion and release date. This can also cost a lot more money and show that he doesn’t have a lot of experience managing projects.
Second, Steve could have created an opportunity to get the team on the same page by sitting down and working on a work breakdown structure together. Instead, he kind of made himself a micromanager/dictator that wasn’t open to other ideas from his team. The WBS gives members of the team an opportunity where they could have learned what was expected of them, identify their strong points and areas where they need additional help or resources. Because Steve didn’t structure the project this way it opened up issues when it came to the hinge system which could have been identified within the work breakdown structure.