I had an interesting conversation with a client recently. They had been asked to look at a project where a significant amount of money had been spent on consultants, where a huge amount of management time had been expended but where nothing had been delivered:
- little stakeholder satisfaction
- lots of project meetings
- no actual products (tangibles) identified nor delivered
- project team ….huge
In short; a lot of frustration.
Something had to be done…
A company director said that something needed to be done. A new project manager was drafted in. The first thing he did was to look at what needed to be produced. He quickly got the project team to deliver some ‘quick wins’. Morale increased and this spurred the team to look at short v long (4 months) deliverables.
Now this is not the first time I have come across project teams where there is lots and lots of activity but very little delivered.
I recalled a conversation with a fellow Consultant. He said that if companies had a robust project management approach which was adopted across the company (he is an advocate of mandating in projects – see We should make it mandatory for ALL projects ) then outcomes for all projects would be clear and what he called ‘busy work’ would not be seen.
What are your project outcomes?
Interestingly, on a lot of our courses I ask participants about the outcomes from their projects. Their answers are often vague, bear no relation to the project or…they simply do not know. The course helps people like this however what about you?
So, my question is this; what are the outcomes from your project(s) and would your sponsor and stakeholders agree?