3 Ways to Improve Project Management in Your Organization
As the new year rolls into week two, you may be reflecting on the goals you have set for yourself and your organization. “Whether you’re about to embark on a massive digital transformation or looking to bring a few departments and work streams closer together, focusing on the right project management tool and leader, can help put you on a path to success in 2018," stated Tim Ebner, senior editor for Associations Now.
According to Suzanne Carawan, Chief Marketing Officer at HighRoad Solution, “many associations still rely on long and drawn-out project management cycles, but by the time they're finally ready to launch their new website or innovative member service they're way too late to the game or someone else has already beaten them to the punch”. The time is now to change the way your organization thinks about project management and here is how to get started!
Pick the best tool for your team
Think about your team and what will best suit them. Are they tech people? Marketing? Communications? Consider the skillset of your team members and find a tool that will be successfully adopted by staff across the board.
Train your project lead
“Your tools are only as good as the people who use them”. While some organizations may outsource and consider hiring a project manager, many suggest to look within your current staff. Often times someone will be qualified and willing to serve as the project lead and spearhead the new adoption of the project management tool of your choosing.
Implement agile methodology
“Agile methodology is about breaking up a big idea into bite-sized chunks and testing those pieces out in the real world. It's about pulling the trigger, getting out there, and developing your new service or product based on feedback from members on what's working and what's not”, said Suzanne Carawan, CMO of HighRoad Solution.
With roots in the tech field, agile methodology “has also been embraced in sectors like the auto industry, where manufacturers “test drive” design concept and new features with consumers throughout the development process, rather than develop a car for years behind closed doors and cross their fingers that it will sell”.
What are your best tips and tricks to improve project management? We’d love to hear how your organization is improving its skillset in the new year!
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