5 Effective Project Management Methodologies and When to Use Them

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Surveys of businesses across all industries continue to indicate that many organisationsremain poor at consistently and effectively delivering successful projects. This continuesto be the case, despite the obvious benefits of being otherwise, especially to the ‘bottomline’.So why is this? In my experience of consulting with organisations across many industries,businesses usually fall into one of two categories in relation to their project managementenvironment. Either:They have very little in place in terms of a corporate project managementframework, orThey have something in place that was either implemented or has grown out ofcontrol to become too complicated, if not impossible, to follow.Organisations that fall into the first category may employ experienced project managersthat are capable of applying good project management principles, but are unable to doso due to a lack of infrastructure; or otherwise project management within thesebusinesses amounts to little more than ‘fire-fighting’ (issue management), with similarlylittle success.Organisations that fall into the second category generally put their project managers inthe difficult position of having to cope with too much ‘admin’ (or red tape), and to jumpthrough too many governance hoops, whilst attempting to manage the projectsuccessfully. The admin often includes the regular production of mandated, elaboratereporting requirements. The project manager’s finite capacity only allows him or her tocope with the most valuable project management tasks alongside the onerous admintasks by taking short-cuts. This introduces additional risks which lead to issues thatcause a lack of project success, for which the project manager feels exposed anduncomfortable, so may cause him or her to become disenchanted and leave thecompany.It is rare to find a business that has defined and implemented a project managementframework that achieves a good balance of control for invested effort.So, is project management complicated?I strongly believe that whilstprojectscan be complex, especially if they are technicallychallenging, have numerous outside influences or are abnormal to the organisation’susual business, the corporate project management environment shouldneverbecomplicated. In fact, the more complex the projects are, the more beneficial it is tocontrol them within a simple framework that facilitates a smooth, efficient ride.Let’s get down to basics. Fundamentally, project managementissimple. You define whatyou intend to achieve, decide how to do it, think (and do something) about what mightcause you problems and fix things that are causing problems. Generally, though, if youattend project management events and seminars, you can be left feeling that projectmanagement is so complicated that it should be avoided at all costs!

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SajidHashmi
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