ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT: WHY IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER WHICH FRAMEWORK OR METHODOLOGY YOU TRY TO APPLY

                                     

Organizations often struggle and fail with their projects. To fix this well-known and costly problem, many try to implement a framework or methodology. After a few years with little results, they often try another, etc.

 

The problem is that projects fail due to lack of project management skills, not because of the wrong templates, artifacts, ceremonies, or titles.

 

Project Management is about increasing the likelihood of success by addressing risks & issues in the generic Project Value Chain.

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This is done by applying hard skills like Quality & Planning, structured decision-making (Business Case), Risk & Issue management, and getting the right people in the right seats (Organization). The progress is measured on planned deliverables and the status reported on the project as an investment.

 

If people have low skill levels within these areas, it is just ad hoc development, people winging it, happy-go-lucky, which will result in a high risk exposure - and no framework or methodology can change that.

 

It is very simple:

 

You cannot 'PRINCE2', 'Lean', 'Scrum', 'PMBOK', 'SAFe' or 'Agile' your way out of low project management skills.

 

Performing ceremonies and filling out templates with low skills (and the wrong mindset) is just a rain dance, as many organizations have learned by now.

 

Sure, it may rain after a rain dance - if you are lucky. But betting on your luck requires a high-risk appetite, or a time machine when you regret things.

 

So there are really just 3 options in this business case for consistently succeeding with your projects:

 

1) Do nothing and have a high-risk appetite
2) Have a time machine
3) Get people that are skilled in project management.

 

                                     

 

Do you know where your company stands?

 

Stay tuned for our next chapter in exploring the opportunities within Project Excellence.

CREADIS