Managing Bottlenecks: good Project Management is a lot like avoiding traffic

Do you know how to avoid project bottlenecks? Reflecting on his experiences of being caught in Montreal gridlock, Neil Stolovitsky directs us to four tips on how to avoid bottlenecks in projects. Project managers recognize that stop-and-go effort will always occur on projects, regardless of how experienced the project managers who are overseeing the work are. Planning must account for responding to the unexpected, and this is the first step in being prepared for the unexpected gridlock which sometimes occurs with project management: What tools and strategies do you have in place to ensure that the lines of communication are open keeping all your stakeholders in the loop? The reality is, most bottlenecks emerge and/or are compounded by the “broken telephone” syndrome that causes unnecessary delays that can be easily addressed with the right collaboration tools in place. Next, investigate if there is a risk strategy incorporated into the plan. This may help your organization identify upcoming bottlenecks and allow for a faster response time. Also consider what kind of visibility you have in the entire portfolio of projects ““ Stolovitsky explains how bottlenecks often occur due to issues in other projects (such as when resources are pulled from one project to another), so having visibility into as many projects as possible can help you see the writing on the wall before your own projects feel it.

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