A (Not So Secret) Recipe for Collaborative Project Management Success
By William Guinan
Note: This post should’ve been published last week just before Thanksgiving, but it’s still the spirit! – PM Hut
You’ve probably never thought that project management has anything in common with cooking and Thanksgiving!
Now I could get into how planning and cooking the Thanksgiving dinner could be broken down into a series of steps like a project, with the cooking schedule planned in advance… and then someone overcooked the turkey (we have an issue!).
And then there’s the food. Your family probably has that secret recipe for Grandma’s sweet potato pie. Everybody does.
Well, I believe we at BrightWork have the secret recipe for collaborative project management success … which I guess won’t be so secret anymore after this post!
Anyway, here we go … It’s only three ingredients – how hard could it really be?!
- Amount – The first ingredient for successful collaborative project management is to start quickly with the right amount of project management process. Here’s a nice quote that explains this a bit more: “There are two ways to get enough. One is to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less,” (G.K. Chesterton). What we have found from our most successful customers is that if you desire less at the beginning, you have a far greater chance of success in terms of project management. You want to start quickly with project management, at a scale that is relevant to your organization’s needs and ability.
Relevance – The second ingredient for successful project management really gets into the difference between “needs” and “wants.” You may want to do cost management from the very beginning, but take a step back and take a look at the big picture to determine if, maybe, cost management should come in to play a little bit later on. It’s not only important to start with what your team needs, but what they are ready for as well. The key thing about relevance is moving up the project management scale as your projects and skill sets evolve.
Evolution – The final ingredient in the recipe for successful collaborative project management is to evolve your PM practices. As noted above, your projects and skills will mature, so with an iterative approach you can implement a little bit more project management each time around.
Now there’s a simple recipe for collaborative project management success… Go sit down and enjoy the meal!
What are your favorite recipes?
William Guinan works at BrightWork. 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.