Much publicity has been given to the government’s announcement today that a consistent method of food labelling on the front of front of packaging ‘would start next year.’
A combination of guideline daily amounts, colour coding and “high, medium or low” wording will be used to show how much fat, salt and sugar and how many calories are in each product. The scheme will be voluntary.
I find this interesting. We regularly find that companies have inconsistent project management. What do I mean by this? Put simply; there is little consistency across the company in its approach to delivery of projects.
Does consistency in project management matter?
Put simply; yes it does.
Like the food labelling mentioned above, consistency of approach in project management is essential. If companies want to deliver their strategic agenda, they need to invest more in developing internal project management processes. More investment is needed in training, including the training of senior managers (sponsors) in their role. In addition there needs to be much more time and effort put into communicating the need and use of project management across the company.
Yes, there is an argument that like the food regulations, we should make certain aspects of project management ‘mandatory’. What is needed is ownership by top management to ensure that project management is adopted consistently across the company.
Until that happens, we will be left with a project team trying to deliver a project using several different approaches; or stakeholders not engaged with a key strategic project delaying its delivery or even a project manager not being able to see the relevance of the project!
Do you have consistent project management? If no, what are you going to do about it and if you do not know, how are you going to find out? If yes, how are you going to ensure it stays that way?