Chatting away to a client. Up comes the topic of project management.
They ask me which I think is the best approach to delivering successful projects.
My response: it depends on the nature of the project. They are surprised – does this mean I don’t have a preferred approach?
Yes. And no.
Well where do I start? I was schooled in Goal-Directed Project Management and back in the day also used the 7 Keys approach – of which I remain a big fan as it focuses you on the desired outcomes from your project endeavours. Risks are Mitigated, Stakeholders are Committed, etc
(Oh – legal bit: 7 Keys was devised in PwC and became the property of IBM GBS when that iteration of PwC Consulting was purchased.)
But there’s more to this…..
Back to my conversation – which type of project? How do you decide? Maybe you should work out what is going on before you can decide:
- You know what you want to achieve and you know how you are going to achieve it.
- You know what you want to achieve but you don’t know how you are going to achieve it.
- You don’t know what you want to achieve (e.g. very vague headline business objective) and don’t know how you are going to achieve it.
- You don’t know what you want to achieve (e.g. that vague objective) but a whole infrastructure is already in place to deliver this unknown thing (it happens!)
Each drives very different approaches to delivering a successful project. Well in my mind they do certainly.
So, for your current challenge, which type of project is it? And how are you going to ensure its success?