This PDF by Dick Billows describes both what works and what doesn’t work in project performance. Using project success rate as the basis of measurement, Billows knows that it might seem like some organizations “get it” (have a successful increase in project success) while others don’t. But it isn’t just luck: set processes and follow-through optimization is how organizations succeed in getting projects to complete successfully, and to that end he provides a list of best practices that can help you in your next project. Billows begins with what organizations can do wrong while they’re trying to be better at projects. One big mistake is only focusing on the big picture: don’t forget all of the little projects that can, collectively, consume almost half the time of all your resources.
Billows also points out how successful organizations are able to allocate priorities and resources more effectively during the initiation process. If a very important, very valuable project comes into play, all of the other projects must lose some of their priority. This sounds like it’s a no brainer, but consider how many times there are 3 highest priority projects happening at the same time. While a favorite of IT, it’s simply impossible to have three efforts that are all equally the most important thing happening in the organization. Utilizing the tips that Billows provides and avoiding the mistakes he identifies is a great start to making your organization much more apt to complete projects successfully.