Manage Your Projects
Projects are lots of fun for everyone involved, bringing bags and bags of planned benefits, e.g. massive production cost savings, new high margin services, new clients, better sales performance, and increased profits.
In a perfect world, every project would be on time and within budget.
However, for many common reasons, most projects are a nightmare.
The biggest issue with any project is the failure to recognise the organisation must change post project to reflect and adopt the project’s deliverables. Moreover, projects fail because teams don’t keep pace with changing organisational priorities, and project objectives. They’re trying to execute projects without a clear vision or goals.
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Successful projects are the norm for firms that follow a plan shaped by proven principles; teams are organised, engaged, and focused on achieving the result.
Time For Planned Agility
The goal of project management is to produce a plan to ensure the project delivers its mandate, e.g. a successful change initiative, a new product or service.
To build and lead an agile approach to project management the organisation must also develop new mindsets and capabilities.
That is what Edgeview does for our clients.
In most cases, we follow agile project methodology that breaks down projects into small pieces, that are completed in work sessions that run from the design phase to testing and quality assurance.
Several methodologies can be used to manage an agile project; two of the best-known being Scrum and Lean.
We help the leadership team to agree on the right combination of project team structures:
- Cross-functional teams deliver ‘products’ or projects, to ensure the knowledge and skills to produce the chosen outcomes reside within the team and include an ‘owner’ to define the vision and prioritise
- Self-managing teams- define the best way to reach goals, prioritise activities, and focus their effort. Different team members will lead based on competence rather than hierarchical title.
- On-standby employees – address different tasks, based on priority to enhance efficiencies, build broader skillsets, and ensure business priorities are resourced.
Characteristics Of Agile Organisations
Agile organisations, focus on customers, adapting to change, and are open, inclusive, and non-hierarchical; they evolve continually and embrace uncertainty and ambiguity.
Help Teams Work In Agile Ways
Four essential leadership requirements we help the leadership team complete:
- Build teams that are small, diverse, empowered, and connected;
- Encourage teams to work in rapid cycles to deliver value more efficiently and quickly;
- Keep teams focused on both the external & internal customer; and
- Create value for customers, by addressing both their unmet and yet unrecognised, needs.