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Project management: 7 steps to on-time, on-budget, goal-based delivery

Moira Alexander | Sept. 4, 2017
Project managers who follow these seven high-level project management tips will achieve on-time, on-budget, goal-focused delivery of high-profile projects, thereby increasing their project success rates and career prospects.

 

6. Adopt agile

Identifying, selecting and correctly employing the best methodology for each project is important to achieving the desired results. Agile is one of the most widely adopted methodologies. In fact, PMI reports over the past 12 months 20 percent of projects were executed using agile, with “71 percent of organizations now reporting they use agile approaches to their projects sometimes or more frequently than in the past.” The survey also discusses how “Champions have a keen focus on using agile approaches to projects — 55 percent versus 24 percent of Underperformers.”

 

7. Tackle technology and business disruption

The connectivity revolution is increasingly being “fueled by handheld electronic devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, is penetrating even remote and poor countries, and is almost certainly contributing to the proliferation of distributed projects in many industries and nations,” according to the PMI report. As fast as that trend is occurring, companies continue to be put under pressure to adopt technologies that enable agility while meeting the growing demands from stakeholders. Resistance to change can force companies into a state of stagnation, making it difficult for project teams to be agile and effective. According to PMI, “organization leaders are adjusting their strategies in response to business disruptions. For many, it is ‘do or die.’ To stay relevant in the marketplace, executives recognize they need to lead the transformation, not just follow.”

 

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