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Traffic Jam: A Learning Spot for Project Managers

Road traffic is a breathing entity that transforms with time and routine. Similarly, the role of project managers also needs constant development and improved strategies.

In this article at Thinking Portfolio, the author compares project management with road traffic management (RTM). The way drivers take constant decisions following traffic rules, project managers also need to have similar visibility of project process and status.

Clear Project Traffic

The objective is to govern an organic project management system through vigilance and data collection, following right protocols at the right time like traffic management teams. They govern traffic speed and density for roads that lead to far locations, likewise, the project managers need to use data analytics to predict and manage project traffic. Here is a list of traffic management insights for project managers to follow:

  1. Minor Changes Matter: The way small diversions on the road have rippling effects, minor errors in the early stage of projects may cause major issues later. So, never ignore them.
  2. Data-Based Decisions: Modern traffic management systems follow an explicit data pattern to analyze traffic routines or to re-route seamless traffic by predicting blockage. Similarly, project managers must employ data analysis tools and use statistical methods to gain visibility into project status.
  3. Centralized Systems: Traffic systems are centralized with the operative single point of contacts (SPOC) in diverse locations to constantly monitor road traffic and send the data to control centers. Project managers also need to take the same approach with clear SPOCs assigned to the team leads. They can form a core committee of central planners to monitor and assess project progress.
  4. Use Latest Technology: Growing rage of automation has not left traffic management untouched. The modern traffic management has moved one notch up from being governed by traffic police to automated systems. It is time for the project managers also to actively make such transitions by migrating repetitive tasks to automated tools. This will not only reduce the chances of errors but may also keep the project cost under control.

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