Do you want to speed up your projects and get faster project delivery? Of course you do.
In this video, I’ll show you how.
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That’s a question I often get asked. Everyone want things sooner.
But it’s reasonable that they should. Projects deliver benefits, and the earlier they arrive, the more value they have.
And you also need teams who know what they’re doing. Investing in your project infrastructure may feel like creating a delay at the start of your project. But the truth is that it sets you up to succeed.
The start of your project is where you can calibrate your speed settings. The biggest rewards come from a strong Definition stage.
Project Managers often spend too little time working with stakeholders at the start. As a result, you lose time later on, picking up the pieces from poor initial communication.
So, engage with a wide cross-section of stakeholders, to determine what they want and need. The more work you do at this stage, the more solid your project base will be. And with this foundation, planning will be easier and quicker. This also means delivery will be smoother. And, with a clear definition from Day 1, there will be less wasted work.
So, negotiate more time for the discovery and definition phases of your projects. Too many projects over-run. This means stress for the teams, cost for the organization, and frustration for their clients.
And if you lead your organization, create a culture that puts the priority on this stage. Expect you Project Managers to do it really well. And make sure your Project Directors, sponsors, and project boards scrutinize these definitions.
No one likes to find a gap or a contradiction in their work. But the sooner you do, the less impact it will have on delivery.
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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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