Everyone has their own tried and true remedies for when they get sick. To some people, chicken noodle soup is more than just a popular soup, and honey with tea works wonders for sore throats. But what do you do when project management falls ill? In an article for Project Times, David Miller gives some ways to remedy failed project management in different situations:
- Remedy for losing crucial pieces of information
- Remedy for poor communication
- Remedy for inefficient project tracking
- Remedy for poor contingency plans
Remedying Project Management
Before figuring out how you’re going to fix a situation, you need to have a solid understanding of what went wrong. Try to examine what happened before the failure occurred and if there was a solid project plan in the first place to guide the project in the right direction. Even having some simple project management software or templates as backups can help when figuring out what may have gone wrong to get to this point.
Now that you’ve assessed how you got here, one of the possible remedies may have to deal with information management. Basically there needs to be a way to store and access the information so that it won’t be easily lost, like an email history. Luckily, cloud technology suits this purpose perfectly and can be easily accessed from anywhere. When it comes to communication, your team should be able to communication easily with you and with one another through agreed upon channels. The more often you can all communicate through a single, readily accessible channel, the better.
Poor project tracking can be remedied fairly easily once it’s been acknowledged as a problem. There is tracking software out there whose sole purpose is to track these developments and color code them or form them into a graph. Using these will help solve any tracking issues that you may have.
Lastly, Miller addresses how to remedy poor contingency plans:
A project plan is very important for project management success, but contingency plans are also a must have. This is why you should always have a sit down with your managers and examine your project and every task independently, and ask as many “What if” questions, and then provide as many “Then I will” answers to them.
Look at contingency plans as project management’s insurance plans. The more detailed, the better. When you are backed up with all that information and actionable knowledge, you won’t experience panic when something goes wrong. In the end, remember, proactive project managers have higher project success rates than reactive ones.
You can view the original article here: https://www.projecttimes.com/articles/remedies-for-failed-project-management.html