Managing a project is never easy and without proper management, projects are headed for tough times or failure. Our Adonis Partners team has first-hand experience in managing small and large projects. Here’s an overview on how to make project management practical based on Lean Six Sigma Principles:
Before the project is executed, make sure you clearly outline the scope and objectives of the project. This helps keep work within the ‘guardrails’ of a project and helps keep team members focused on the ultimate goals.
All projects have to come to end at some point (an end can be reaching the end of a major milestone or phase), and it’s better for the sake of your project leaders and the team to know how much time should be dedicated to a project and what date deliverables are due. You might not know everything at first, but creating an estimate will get you started in the right direction.
Create Your Budget
Whatever project your business is undertaking, there will be costs associated with it. Create a budget and calculate costs before you start your project so that you aren’t surprised by unforeseen expenses.
Creating a rubric for quality standards or outlining quality specifications required for the project prevents having to use more time and money later to rework the project to the standard of quality your company needs.
Helping You Ensure Value
Scope, time, cost, and quality are all closely interrelated, making all of them crucial to practical and effective project management. Adonis Partners offers project management consultations where we will help ensure your team can deliver on time, on budget, and on target -- and most importantly, that the end result will have value.
Continuous Improvement (CI) is difficult to maintain under normal circumstances, never mind when unexpected challenges arise. In this article, we will tackle some ways in which your business can continue to improve, even when times are tough.
Stay Engaged with Your Teams
Continue talking with your employees to understand what challenges they are facing - and help them navigate through solving those problems. Engage leadership to determine what roadblocks can be removed to help the team be successful.
Create Realistically Achievable Goals
As tempting as it is to reach for the stars, having realistic, sustainable goals in place prevents employees from getting discouraged and setting your company up for unrealistic expectations of growth.
Be Mindful of those Affected by the Crisis
Whether it be clients, customers, or your own employees, be sensitive to the challenges they might be facing personally or professionally by providing support and resources.
Develop a Crisis Management Plan
Last but not least, having a developed set of guidelines to fall back on in difficult circumstances can help your business continue to operate smoothly even in times of crisis. Some steps that can be considered when developing guidelines include:
Of course, the most important aspect of maintaining CI during crisis is adaptability. Being flexible as the situation changes, or even your business model, will help keep your business growing. Adonis Partners can help your company adapt through our various CI Services, which are founded on proven Lean and Six Sigma practices.