Thursday, November 17th, 2016
For most modern businesses, projects are the lifeblood. It’s essential keep your head in the game and your mind properly focused on completing these projects, but it can really feel like an impossible task at times.
What does a big and complex project need? It will usually require quite a big team. And actually managing a big team can be quite a complex thing, let alone the management of the project at hand!
You need to ensure that everyone knows who to go to in certain situations. Everyone on the team should know their own role in the project plus the specific role of any other given person on the team. If people don’t have a clear idea of the abilities and responsibilities of the people they’re working with, then wires are going to end up getting crossed pretty quickly. And if there’s a problem that can only be resolved with help from someone else, then that employee should instantly know who to go to.
Look at the details. All those individual tasks are still where progress really happens. But rather than getting crushed under the weight of the number of tasks your team is facing, success comes from organizing them and prioritizing them. Put your efforts into that part of the process.
Identifying and managing the connections and dependencies between activities becomes especially crucial when overseeing a large-scale project. The domino effect of missed milestones can spell all-out failure when a significant number of downstream activities are in play. Any potential delays or impacts should be closely monitored.
Be realistic. Carefully examine which resources are available and how they can be allocated to best effect. Any areas or resources that may be lacking should be identified early in the process, so their impacts on the rest of the project’s lifecycle can be accounted for and effectively managed.
Summing-up: A mind-bogglingly complex project does not have to be overwhelming and the more that you complete, the easier it becomes.