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What is Missing in Your Project Management Approach?

Even after aligning with the corporate strategy, projects fail to succeed. Surely, there is a miss in the project methodology that caused the failure.

In this article at Strategy Execution, Elizabeth Harrin shares how your project management methodology can impact the success of your project and how to balance your approach.

The Maturity Quotient

Once the organization is ready to transform and successfully identify and deliver strategic projects, its project methodology needs to mature. The traditional methods can hamper the work. So, here are some smart ways to regain balance:

  • The Complex Cure: a project management methodology is like a success guideline for team members. The management needs to remain mindful of how governance will be carried out in a project and how it links to the strategy. A complex methodology will not provide the desired framework for a successful strategic delivery. The team needs guidance and aligning the right approach is the key here.
  • Too Many Processes: Too many procedures, documentation, reviews, and steps make a methodology too bureaucratic. In fact, often the flow of work breaks when you follow multiple processes. This may also delay your project success.
  • Too Linear: Creativity and flexibility go hand in hand. A linear approach does not open room for creativity and improvement. The obligatory approach would never bring the desired outcomes.
  • Not Fit for All: Applying the same formula for all equations will never bring the right answer. Similarly, project management methodologies are not applicable to all. Guiding principles or overarching framework could be the same, but the steps might not be. Allow the project managers to pick the right approach that works best for their project.
  • A Common Language: Instead of introducing a new terminology or corporate buzzword to the team, use a language that is easy to understand for all. Do not expect the team to unlearn what they already know about project management in order to adopt your methodology. The idea here is to bring out the best without affecting the rest.
  • Lengthy Details: Too much information is as dangerous as less. No one bothers to read the manual. Therefore, make sure the project information is crisp, to-the-point, and easy to keep in mind.
  • A Prescriptive Approach: No one likes to follow irrelevant workflows. The perspective approach might bring standardization, but it is equally problematic. Look for ways that the team can easily grasp.

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