By Dennis Creech
A project is a unique temporary endeavor with a clear beginning and an end, such as a software implementation. Project management allows one common language – in any industry or company. It allows organizations to have repeatable, predictable results.
The benefits of good project management contain all the elements of what is a truly symbiotic relationship between manager, client and workers. In fact, it’s this very application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques that ultimately meets or exceeds stakeholders’ needs and/or expectations on any given project.
Here are the “Top 10 Reasons” everyone benefits from project management.
- Better efficiency in delivering services: Project management provides a “roadmap” that is easily followed and leads to project completion. Once you know where to avoid the bumps and pots holes, you will be working smarter and not harder and longer.
- Improved/increased/enhanced customer satisfaction: Whenever you get a project done on time and within budget , the client walks away happy. And a happy client is one you’ll see again. Smart project management provides the tools that enable this client/manager relationship to continue.
- Enhanced effectiveness in delivering services: The same project management strategies that allowed you to successfully complete one project will serve you many times over.
- Improved growth and development within your team: Positive results not only command respect they inspire your team to continue to look for ways to perform more efficiently.
- Greater standing and competitive edge: This is not only a benefit of project management within the workplace but outside of it as well; word travels fast and there is nothing like superior performance to secure your position in the marketplace.
- Opportunities to expand your services: A by-product of greater standing. Great performance leads to more opportunities to succeed.
- Better Flexibility: Sure project management allows you to map out the strategy you want to take to see your project completed. But the beauty of such organization is that if you discover a smarter direction to take, you can pursue it. For many small-to-midsize companies, this alone is worth the price of admission.
- Increased risk identification: When all the players are lined up and your strategy is in place, potential risks will jump out and slap you in the face. And that’s how it should be. Project management provides a red flag at the right time: before you start working on project completion.
- Increase in Quality: Goes hand-in-hand with enhanced effectiveness.
- Increase in Quantity: Often the result of better efficiency, a simple reminder regarding the benefits of project management.
Projects fail because people establish a budget and a deadline before they’ve outlined the scope of a project, and because people are not trained in good project management. By implementing fundamental project management strategies, you will narrow your focus, reach desired goals and achieve said goals with specific time and cost perimeters.
Remember: a project is a unique temporary endeavor with a clear beginning and an end, such as a software implementation. Project management allows one common language – in any industry or company. It allows organizations to have repeatable, predictable results. Then you can have continuous improvement – which is the real benefit of project management.