Insights: Project Management

Everybody talks about how to get better at project management, by reviewing lessons learned and best practices, but few talk about the most common issues project managers encounter in the field.

Everybody talks about how task management tools are great at handling all those to-dos and action items. The reality is that very few people get the benefits they expect. There are hundreds of reasons for this, but here are the top 10 that affect the most people.

Every manager has faced the disappointment of assigning a task to a team member and finding out that the task was ignored or slipped through the cracks. 

Project Management offices are well-oiled machines, tasked with constant attention to pending tasks, dependencies, and upcoming deadlines.

Expanding the scope of a project is not a bad thing when properly managed.  in fact, changing requirements, constraints, needs, context, or priorities in a project is more norm than rarity.

Many clients have recently asked us for our top recommendations for project management software and tools.  Our experience with these tools is mostly derived from helping our clients incorporate them into their processes while we add the accountability layer that is often missing in these tools to make sure things get done.

We have found that every team is made up of two broad types of people– the Idea Makers and the Doers. If you’ve ever taken a Myers Briggs test, you might know these two groups as Judgers (J) and Perceivers (P).

There has been a lot of buzz recently about WOOP. No, not the sound you make when you’re really excited about something. We’re talking about W.O.O.P., a productivity solution developed by Dr. Gabriele Oettingen that provides a framework for accomplishing big goals one step at a time. W.O.O.P. stands for “Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan,” and it outlines the four steps that make it most easy for you to actually accomplish your goals.
 

As the manager of a project or of a special company initiative, have you ever been in the position of realizing that nobody is taking the program seriously?

Workflows, Gantt charts, budgets, quality testing, production deadlines, deliverables, risk management — the list goes on.  It’s no surprise that project management (PM) is one of the most lucrative professions out there; but with high reward also comes high risk.
The PMI’s 8th Global Project Management Survey found that “For every $1 billion invested in the United States, $122 million was wasted due to lacking project performance.”  Another study by The Standish Group, found that “Fewer than a third of all projects were completed on time and on budget over the past year”.