Project Management: Planning for a Positive Outcome
Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe', alluding to the proportion of time he would devote to planning a task before tackling it.
Today, project management is no longer limited to civil engineers and military logistics, it’s essential for any professional organization.
But what is Project Management and why is it so important to do it right?
Well, imagine doing something that you’ve never done before.
- Where would you begin?
- How would you know what’s required?
- How would you know how long it will take?
- How can you ensure it has a successful outcome?
Researching all of the unknown detail, demystifying it, scoping out what will need to be done, applying an overall timeline and timelines for the sub-tasks - all of that comes under the umbrella of project management.
With a new project, you're doing something that’s never been done before, creating something unique. You may be working with people you haven't worked with before and will have to work around their priorities and timetables. You may have to manage a budget and at times you will certainly have to learn to keep a calm head.
Specifically, you are going to need to adopt and apply the following skills:
- Resource management
- Stress management
Projects - if not carefully managed - carry a very real risk of failure so arming your team with the right skills will make for successful project outcomes which means a win for both the manager and the organisation.
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