Project Management

The Victors and Victims of Project Management

In today’s world, the Information Technology market demands more from companies and their product deliverables. These need to incorporate not only the aspects of function but of form (accessibility, design and intuitive) as well. Therefore, the need for high-performing IT teams that can deliver such products on time goes up as well. But what do successful IT teams have in common, while others seem to consistently fall short? What could be the recipe for their accomplishments? This article from Sharon Florentine of attempts to answer this and says that teams need to be more like ‘victors’ than ‘victims’.

Being a Victor v. Being a Victim

These days we start to observe that quality IT teams from organizations who see each project as a chance to innovate, rather than a challenge that restricts, categorize themselves as victors. This type of project management team sees only one thing – ‘victory’ comes down to informed decision making. This strong mindset, even in a highly competitive business landscape, enables them to thrive, to be empowered and engaged, and to make good decisions that ultimately lead to success. This is unlike those who constantly cut costs, lock down processes, micromanage and do not collaborate – these are the victims. This approach usually leads nowhere and teams have a harder time dealing with complexity and change.

Common Threads in PM Success

Now, you can ask the question: but what really are the things that make successful IT project management teams come through time and again? Here are the principles that IT ‘victors’ are dedicated to:

Bringing their people in: They keep everyone connected along the journey of a product by providing more context around the entire process so each player has the same common vision and goal.

Empowering their teams: They understand people make better decisions when they understand the ‘Big Picture’ and when they’re empowered; these people also want to give more discretionary effort.

Focusing on outcomes: They measure product launches through their ability to meet customer need and drive adoption (not just meeting deadlines); it’s about creating a positive outcome and experience that moves the needle.

One of the main challenges CIOs face is how to get project teams more engaged so they can spend their time innovating rather than focusing on the other time-wasting tasks. With increased collaboration and feedback, employees are more engaged and feel empowered to make decisions that have significant impact on the company as a whole.

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Kristian Dayrit

Kristian Dayrit was the Associate Editor and Content Writer for AITS Philippines. He has edited and wrote various published works, articles, newsletters and such since 2007.

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