How to Run Project Management Projects Effectively
Wondering how and where to start, what to do and how to do it? Here are some useful tips to help you get off on the right foot:
1. Work new initiatives into current processes
Brand new initiatives are not as easy to learn and implement than ones that are in place within your current framework. Existing tools, terms, systems and practices are known company-wide, and as such, can be integrated with your quality goals to ensure a more familiar system that is already understood.
2. Build a solid framework
A good framework should be in place already, and should allow employees to understand and commit to your processes and goals. New systems should foster more ideas, better team work, clearer problem solving, communication, tracking and collaboration to cement this framework even further. If everyone is on board, there is far more chance of success.
3. Credit where credit is due
Look at past successes within the company, and give credit to the people who have contributed towards those successes. If past projects were less than successful, look at alternative steps that could have been taken. By acknowledging those who have helped bring about quality changes, you will be encouraging current people to contribute to new projects.
4. Foster ideas and innovation
Every single employee has the ability to add value in terms of ideas, feedback and innovation. Ensure that everyone has a guideline on targets, priorities and responsibilities. Have a system in place that enables ideas to be shared with managers and supervisors. Encourage involvement and build up a supply of ideas.
5. Involve people and get them on your side
Your employees power your organisation. Empowering them and getting them involved in your goals goes a long way to making them feel valued. It also helps to implement and maintain projects through a vested personal interest rather than a need to follow commands. Aim for facilitation rather than simple allocation. Another thing to remember is to keep it fun. Believe it or not, achieving improvement does not have to be a stressful, boring thing that requires employees to sit through endless lectures or read countless memos. Use social tools, plan interactive learning sessions and work with your team to achieve quality management success across the board.