Project Management

Is Your PM Methodology Appropriate? Know Why It’s Not

Are you confident that your project management methodology will bring success to the project in hand? Do you know why you lack confidence? Even after aligning the top initiatives with their corporate strategy, the delivery team finds it difficult to identify what went wrong in the process.

In this article at Strategy Execution, Elizabeth Harrin addresses these concerns by simply bringing your focus towards the project methodology. The author says that even if the organization has delivered many successful projects using a conventional methodology, the same may not work for the future projects. To pace up with the fast-changing market trends, leaders must try out new methodologies.

Transforming Methodology

Businesses continue experimenting with innovative approaches that they inherited for years, but the PMO hasn’t got the updates they’ve planned, this is what initiates the gap in the project methodology. Thus, its high time to review the way projects are being carried out and see if the technologies or tools the project team is using is fit for the current project requirements or not. Here are some quick ways to check your project methodology:

  1. Skipping Intense: Since the team needs proper guidance to adopt a methodology, ensure that your project methodology is neither too intense nor too basic.
  2. Bureaucratic Approach: Instead of involving too many steps like documentation, reviews, sign-offs, hand over, etc., make it simple and crisp. Too much ground work will hamper the project morale that may lead to unsatisfactory results.
  3. Be Flexible: A linear approach does not allow the team to go out of their way to experiment and might suppress the creativity of people. Ensure that the methodology you are following, waterfall or agile, brings out the best from your team and gives them the flexibility to explore more.
  4. Fit for All: Often organizations make this mistake of counting all departments in one line, but you cannot apply the same methodology for all. The approach could be same, but steps must differ. The methodologies should be designed as per the nature of the project and let the project manager decide what best suits the project requirement.
  5. Modified Language: Use bespoke language to help teams adapt and learn the new methodology easily. Usage of too many jargons and advance terminology will only create confusion among the team members. In fact, the stakeholders or clients find it difficult to understand intricate vocabulary.
  6. Detailed Citations: Since no one bothers to read the manual, there is no point giving too many Instead of sharing a massive handbook of methodology with the team, balance it with crisp information.
  7. Avoid Prescription: It’s a project methodology, not a doctor’s prescription. So, making it prescriptive is pointless even after knowing clearly what your project needs are. The project methodology must bring standardization without raising concerns and assumptions about the project.

Fix the Bug

To ensure team and client satisfaction with the finished project, find out what is letting your project down and fix it. Getting the right methodology and balancing your act is not as complex as it may seem. Minor preparations and time management can resolve it easily.

The author suggests targeted training of the delivery team and project managers will help in bringing balance to the project methodology. You can read the original write-up by clicking the following link:

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