One of the real challenges in project management is the immediate excitement by process people that at last project management processes and software can be used. Whilst at the same time creative people dread the perceived overwhelming burden of administration, reporting, feedback and audit.
Both are wrong.
In most cases project cannot be managed, reporting is too out of date and no one has the time to provide enough detail into the systems to provide enough quality to make informed evidence based decisions. This coupled with the tendency of senior managers and executives to make decisions outside the software process leads to dysfunction and everyone unhappy for one reason or another.
Completing projects on time and to budget is another fascination. This thirst for quality can drive a really odd behaviour which provides immense satisfaction for those who want a sense of tasks being completed, activities done. All the while the original problem forgotten or twisted in such a way by the various activities no one is sure why they started in the first place. But are determined to finish on time and to budget.
Of course, at times all of this is important. And if everything was logical it would all work seamlessly together to help deliver high-quality projects which in turn solve really important problems. No one would be working on unimportant project, or projects that are no longer needed. Or worse, working in a high-quality way on a no longer needed project. Being pleased with the performance and progress.
Salvation is at hand for everyone who is grappling with problem-solving if instead of software and processes the focus of attention is on structure. Not a rigid recipe, instead a guiding hand nudging things along in the right direction. Clarifying what’s supposed to be happening and bringing creatives, engineers, enthusiasms, visionaries and pragmatics so they are all walking in the same direction. We all have experience of being on a project where the client has lost track of what’s happening, or the consultant is too engrossed in their area of expertise that being busy has become the measure of progress.
Having structure is the answer. And this is where you can come to the rescue of your clients, colleagues, partners or associates by introducing them to Thoughtcrew Project Architect. It’s a web-based resource that provides only what you need to help navigate all types of project, giving structure and explanation so everyone can keep focused on solving the problem. Whatever there role. What’s more, you can offer them this structured help through the Thoughtcrew Project Architect Affiliate Programme.