Project management is tough enough without the myths. However, many untruths are still pervasive in offices and meeting rooms around the globe. It is time to rid yourself of these old-fashioned urban legends of the innermost workings of team management and supplant them with fresh insight based on research and observation. Phenomenal projects cut through false assumptions and confusion. This allows their teams to make smart decisions based on reality.
Over the last couple of years, project management principles have been utilised in order to:
- Transform process as well as people,
- Optimise talent and tools,
- Attain desired outcomes within the clarifying parameters of budget, quality as well as time.
As more companies adopt a project-based approach towards value creation and setting goals, the field of project management develops into even more crucial to organisational success.
Not everything you hear about project management is true, however. Managing projects comes with a throng of challenges. Giving myths more weight than they deserve just makes it more challenging to achieve project objectives. So, it’s high time for some genuine myth-busting.
Rely On The Experts For Everything
As a project manager we need to gather as much information as possible in order to make great decisions. Whether it is data, reports or interviews, data itself is nothing short of context. We could have, for instance, estimates for a venue rental for a marketing event however without looking closely at the information, we may not realise the estimates are from 1990.
Although a software engineer will probably know best how long a feature will take in order to be developed, he or she may forget a step or task in the process, say testing. Utilising expert research, interviews or information is vital; however, it is even more important to examine that information from multiple angles and to also make sure it is in context. Allow some space for contingency planning.