Project Management

How to Get Real Insight into Projects

No one likes to be in the dark when it comes to project management. Stakeholders want to get as much data as they can get their hands on, but sometimes you need more than just knowledge alone. In an article for Project Times, George Pitagorsky explains what genuine project insight is and how to best utilize it.

Investing in Insight

Pitagorsky defines insight as the following:

Insight is seeing into or understanding the inner nature of something including the cause and effect relationships that drive it. Insight is associated with intuition and wisdom. Insight often appears in a flash, though it is the result of a synthesis of information and experience. With insight, there is a felt sense of physical sensations. There is an awareness that cannot be completely expressed intellectually.

Insight requires hard and soft data in order to make the best decision. Soft data requires you to have good observational and listening skills so you can tell what a stakeholder’s attitude may be towards a particular topic. Having these stronger social skills will give you the competitive edge that you need to become a great project manager.

Not all the data can come from intuition, though. Hard data is the backbone because it deals with the hard facts about the project. You can use project trends and compare them to estimates to see if the project is going to schedule. Indicators of project health, such as missed deadlines, can be used to gauge future action. This will help keep things within a predicted range and allow for better planning procedures. To keep the project under control and increase the predictability of trends, you can create deadlines with concrete deliverables at the end of these periods. Ultimately though, using the two sets of data together will be what allows you to have proper insight into a project.

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Austin J. Gruver

Austin is a Staff Writer for AITS. He has a background in professional writing from York College.

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