Project Delivery Improved With 10 Simple Steps

I have a simple project framework that can be implemented to start to gain control and improve successful project delivery. The framework can then be added to as the organisation grows in project maturity. In this post I will show the first 10 steps in starting to gain control and increase the chances of successful project delivery.

Project Delivery

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So where do you start when you realise your company has grown so fast that there are suddenly hundreds of projects. Everywhere you look across the organisation lots of projects are being started and worked on. At first this is great and then you realise none of the projects are getting finished. Why is that when you know you have employed the best people and they are all working hard?

You are not alone 67% of all companies are in the same situation (you can read the report here). However the good news is this can be resolved by putting in a controlled structure you can improve the chances of successful project delivery. By doing this you will start to see projects delivered and continue to see your business grow. In addition chances are your competitors are in 67% group of organisations struggling with project delivery giving you the advantage. One of the difficulties is a project management structure can be very complicated and therefore difficult to implement. I have a simple project framework that can be implemented to start to gain control and improve successful project delivery. The framework can then be added to as the organisation grows in project maturity.

10 Step Approach to Successful Project Delivery

  1. Make a list of all the projects currently in progress
  2. Add to the list all the projects you want to do in the next 12 months
  3. Add the name of a Director to each of the projects; they will become the project sponsor
  4. Add another name to each project; this person is more junior than a Director and will be responsible to the Sponsor for delivery of the project. The role of this person is Business Lead and not the project manager. (I will define the difference in a later post and put a link here). This person must have a vested interest in the success of the project i.e. will benefit when the project is complete.
  5. Download the project proposal template and get the Business Lead is to then fill in a project proposal for each of the projects that have their name against.
  6. As the proposals get completed go back to your list and add to each project the number from the benefits section and the strategy that the project will support.
  7. Next sort the project list by the benefits column. Your projects are now in order of priority
  8. This is your chance to look at the list and see if any need to be manually pushed up (or down) the list due to the strategy or if it is a legal mandatory project.
  9. Stop all the projects outside the top ten and resource the first ten projects.
  10. As these projects get completed or resources become available work on the next projects on the list.

In my next post I will outline the difference between the roles of Sponsor, Business Lead and Project Manager.

What do you think of the ten step approach to improving the chances of successful project delivery; would you add anything?

Here is the link for the project start template.

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