With any change, large or small, it’s important to ensure that everyone involved is collaborating well, understands what they need to do and how the journey is progressing. Project and programme management is about defining well enough what needs to happen, how it will be delivered and then allowing everyone involved to play their part in making it happen.
The skill here is to have just enough structure to avoid descending into chaos but not so much that it stifles innovation and creative thinking. It’s about creating great teams that function well, embrace diversity, innovate safely and fundamentally work well together. When delivered effectively, project management is almost invisible and in evidence purely by the visible delivery of progress towards the goals the organisation has set itself. When done badly it can sap time, energy and cost, whilst often adding to confusion about what’s been achieved, what’s left to do and by whom.
Whatever the long term goals and however ambitious the changes may be, if we make them feel achievable we’ll be more motivated to get involved and stay involved. We don’t need to plan everything in detail for the next 3 years (that can feel overwhelming) but we’ll probably need to have a pretty good idea about what we’re going to do in the next 3 months and be even more clear about the next 3 weeks.
At its heart, good project management is about just that, taking our big audacious goals and making them feel achievable, having each of us understand our part in it and how we’re collectively and individually progressing towards our goals.
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