Project Management Improvement – Guaranteed Failure in 5 Steps!

p_049By Éamonn McGuinness

This is a conversation I had with our team recently. If you are a Project Management Champion busting a gut to help your group deploy improved project management practices, how do you know your efforts will fail?! Here are five steps to failure!

  1. Bite off way to much Project Management. Who cares who decided the amount of project management – maybe it was your boss who wanted too much to begin with. It does not really matter! If you ask people to implement way too much project management to begin with – you will fail. Sorry!
  2. Don’t make it a project. This might sound a bit mad – going to all the fuss of  making Project Management Improvement a project! Well here is the thing – we are all really busy doing the day job. So once the pressure is on – these improvement projects take a back seat and are hard to get re-started, so they need management.
  3. Management do not really care! I have seen folks trying to improve project management but their senior management do not really mind one way or the other. It needs to be a business priority.
  4. Do not give people templates. People need guidance. They need rail tracks to guide them. And you need a reference point that marks where you are starting and that marks the point from which you will improve next.
  5. Do not celebrate the success. Keep it a secret that this project management improvement worked! People watch videos these days – they do not read long case studies. Publish a 2 minute video from a few of the early successes.

What are your top reasons / steps to failure of Project Management Improvement?

This post was written by BrightWork CEO Éamonn McGuinness and originally appeared on BrightWork’s blog. BrightWork is a SharePoint solution for Project and Portfolio Management. BrightWork enables organizations to start quickly with an affordable amount of project, portfolio and everyday work management, delivering immediate visibility and control. Then over time organizations evolve and mature by adding more templates and dashboards as needed and as ready.

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