How projects succeed

sucfailWhen projects function in the desired way this occurs despite some single mistakes are made. I have planned and executed many projects and I have experienced success is the result of a purposeful environment that sets the stage upon which small mistakes do not compromise the project. The environment should enable the detection and correction of the mistakes.

Off course the long time truths (communication, stakeholder management, etc.) still apply but the tips I have listed below are a very useful addition to a PM’s toolbox.

The following links provide examples of the types of behavioral patterns that create these successful environments. By understanding these “patterns” the mechanisms behind project success can be better understood. Each pattern embodies a broad set of behaviors that positively influences the way individuals, teams, groups and even whole organizations, make project related decisions and how people work together.

The most important patterns are:

  1. Design an effective decision making process
  2. Consider alternatives
  3. Collaborate across departments
  4. Manage deadlines actively
  5. Assess business value at each step
  6. Identify and manage critical aspects of the project
  7. Step out of your comfort zone