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In this week's episode of The Project Management Podcast (www.pm-podcast.com) Curt Finch and I discuss the impact that mismanaging small projects will have on your company's bottom line.
My question for you this week is twofold: Do you know how many small projects are currently in progress in your organization (yes/no) and what kind of support does your organization offer to the project managers of these projects to ensure that they have the best possible chance of completing these projects successfully?
No, I have no idea how many projects are in progress and we actually recently discussed this at my organization. We are really trying to provide more clarity and transparency within our organization to allow for more accountability. We think it's important to know what everyone is doing, and to try to collectively work towards the same goal. We recently decided to sign EVERYONE up for a online project management software that was recommended to us. A sister organization implemented this idea and we are about to test it. They claimed that their productivity and morale went up after transparency was increased, there was a bigger sense of community. They (and we) use <a href="http://www.PureProjectTools.com">PureProjectTools.com</a> to track all the ongoing projects. It allows different people to see different things. Everyone can see all the projects, but not everyone will have access to all the details of the projects since some may contain highly sensitive material etc. We are testing this and are optimistic! It's important that everyone is onboard and working towards a common goal!
A 'task' does not
A 'task' does not necessarily have to be called a 'project' in order for project management methods to be very useful in its planning and implementation. Even the smallest task can benefit from the use of a well-chosen project management technique or tool, especially in the planning stage.