In project management, we tend to learn from our mistakes. It seems like it would make more sense to learn from trends and avoid missteps in the first place. An article on Daysha Consulting references 6 trends that J. LeRoy Ward, a Computer Weekly contributor has organized to see what we can learn for the future:
- Invest further in your program management efforts
- Use collaborative software solutions
- Learning transfer is valuable
- Appreciate the value of tying project work to business process management
- Certification is not the only thing that organizations value
- Focus on business result impact
Investing more time or money into anything in your organization can be a daunting task, especially when everything seems to be stretched to the limit as it is. However, the article suggests that investing more in your program management efforts might be one key to success. This may include making access to all members of your team easier by way of collaborative software solutions:
Use collaboration software solutions – the rise of the Internet and the need for disparate workers (both local and global) to collaborate within a project team has fueled the development of collaboration technologies. Adoption of these continues to grow which boosts efficiencies as workers interact at anytime from anywhere. We’ve touched on some of these collaboration solutions in previous blog posts, but with the advent of social media platforms for the enterprise, we will see a greater degree of collaboration. But we are not there yet and there seems to be no consensus on how best to make use of such tools.
It is crucial for a project manager to be able to impart what they know to their team. Although the transfer of learning is quite valuable, many organizations do not have a process in place for passing this knowledge around. By looking at this trend, it would stand to reason that creating a physical method for transferring information is the way to go.
Remember, what you do in your project should reflect positively with your organization as a whole. The success of a project is a great thing, but if it does not equate to success for your organization, something needs to change. The article reminds us that “measuring the success of a completed project as a standalone effort no longer suffices.”
Although certification is important, it is not the only thing that your company depends on. Training within your organization may prove to be more cost effective and time effective. After all, the main goal is to have your project contribute to the overall value of the company. Instead of making mistakes and trying to fix them, perhaps noticing these trends is the best way to give increased value to your company.