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Is process hampering your project success?

9 May 2016

Sometimes you can do everything right and still find your project stuck where it started. Project failures happen despite endless strategy in what to do (and what not to do) when delivering your project.

You need to be able to understand what’s stopping your project from succeeding, and how you can mitigate that risk. When you’re doing everything right but still coming up short, it’s probably time to reassess your processes.

How does process hamper a project’s success?

Despite existing to improve efficiency and help organisations run smoothly, processes can quickly get out of control. Over the past few years, procedures, coordination bodies, approval structures, and interface structures have been scaling up in scope. Processes have become more complex than ever. And when it comes to managing your project, those processes can make or break the success of your project.

When people are made to jump through hoops to get approval they can often end up feeling disempowered. Excessive approval structures signify a lack of trust and can be an obstacle in getting the real work done. Similarly, overdependence on meetings can be a sign that politics have taken priority over productivity. Your team needs time to get things done, and spending the day wrapped-up in meetings can dramatically reduce their efficiency.

How can we manage better processes?

Project managers need to get back to basics. Once the clutter of process excess is removed from their day-to-day routines, they will be able to get back to what they do best – solving problems, making decisions, and building exceptional teams.

PMBOK® Guide, the Project Management Body of Knowledge, is the international standard for covering the fundamentals of project management. Whether you’re looking to brush-up on your skills or are starting from scratch, getting back to the essentials can be the best way to deliver exceptional projects without a hitch.

The PMBOK® Guide draws on 10 knowledge areas – scope, time, cost, quality, procurement, integration, human resources, communications, risk management and stakeholder management – typical across all kinds of projects. As it can be adapted across all industries (regardless of differing processes) it’s a great way to do away with the excess baggage and get back to what really matters – making great projects happen.

Southern Cross University’s online Master of Project Management is PMBOK® Guide aligned, and will give you advanced experience so that you can excel in the application of this project management methodology. Alternatively, you may consider the information and knowledge management MBA specialisation.

Speak to our enrolment officers at Southern Cross University Online on 1300 589 882 to find out how online study could fit in with your future.