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Why Your Project Management Approach Isn’t Working?

Sometimes, even after aligning the top project initiatives with the corporate strategy, the project lags behind to achieve success. This missing element is the ‘project methodology’ that sets out the way an organization approaches new projects.

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

Bring Maturity

The author suggests that once the organization is open to transform and successfully identify and deliver strategic projects, their project methodology equally needs to mature. Using the conventional methods will bring imbalance to the work and project leadership team’s approach. Here are some ways to find out how your current methodology is leaving you stranded:

  1. Complex Cure: Methodology is like a guidebook for the team members that offers the framework for success. The management needs to remain mindful about how governance will be carried out in a project and how it links to strategy. A complex methodology will not provide the desired framework for successful strategic delivery. The team needs guidance and aligning the right methodology is the key here.
  2. Too Administrative: Too many procedures, documentation, reviews, and steps make a methodology too bureaucratic. In fact, often the flow of work breaks in following multiple steps of the process that creates blocks or holdups. This may also hamper project success.
  3. Too Linear: Creativity and flexibility go hand in hand. A linear approach does not open room for creativity and improvement. The mandatory approach would never bring the desired outcomes.
  4. Fit for All: Applying the same formula for all equations will never bring the right answer. Similarly, project methodologies are not applicable to all. Guiding principles or overarching framework could be the same, but the steps are not necessarily the same. Allow the project managers to pick the right approach that works best for the project according to them.
  5. Adaptable Language: Instead of introducing a new terminology or corporate buzzword to the team, use a language that is easy to understand for all. The author suggests not to expect the team to unlearn what they know about project management to work within your methodology. The idea here is to bring out the best without affecting the rest.
  6. Lengthy Details: Too much information is equally 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.
  7. Prescriptive Approach: No one likes to follow pointless workflows that are irrelevant for the project. The perspective approach might bring standardization, but it is equally problematic. Instead of wasting time over it, look for ways that are easy to grasp for the teams.

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