To any seasoned project manager, it’s clear that the early stages of a project are critical. They set the tone of the entire process and, more importantly, determine how your stakeholders will react throughout the project.
You would think that after thousands of years of project management, from the construction of Roman roads to modern-day mega-tech projects, we as a species would be pretty good at it by now. Not so, it appears. According to the Project Management Institute, only 64% of projects out there meet their goals.
As a Business Manager, I’ve been involved in delivering a great many technology projects over the years with both internal and external project teams. And while some project teams have been superb, others can leave you wondering if you’re speaking two different languages.
In the office this week, the hot topic of conversation in our team of Project Managers was the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. Not because we have any particular sporting prowess, of course, but we have a keen professional interest in asking “what makes the Games work?”