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4 Critical PM Considerations for the New Year

If you haven’t already, it’s time to think about your project management strategy for the year – and that is easier said than done. To help you through the process, Troy A. McKnight offers up these 4 considerations for the new year of project management:

  1. Schedule training early
  2. Project strategy
  3. Assess for success
  4. Partner to win

Scheduling training early and developing project strategy might be clear cut enough, but assessing for success and partnering to win are a bit more ambiguous. McKnight sees assessment of the health of your training, work culture, project management practices, and overall processes as an important step for any organization. As for partnering to win, McKnight says: One of the exciting parts to project management is by its nature, the projects are different. Usually, the projects differ in size, scope, intensity and project team (that’s why they are projects by definition). To ensure your organization can effectively respond to the ebb and flow in your project pipeline throughout any given year, you need to be flexible in how you scale your project management infrastructure. Of course you don’t want to staff for the highest possible need, nor do you want to get caught in a position where you have your staff spread too thin. To accomplish this you might consider partnering with a reputable consulting company who can both fill the gap in peak support times, but also act as the core to your project office to maintain consistency. It’s this consistency that can make or break a relationship with a partner, and indeed that can create a success story or a failure. However, it’s important to likewise not depend on an outside vendor to hold up key elements of your business, either. Choose well how much you are willing to let go and what that might mean when something goes wrong.  

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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