How to become a project management disruptor

How to become a project management disruptor

In project management, as in many other areas, changing the way we do things can be hard, but can be very rewarding.

As we wrote before, Psoda will exhibit at and attend this year’s PMI Australia conference in Adelaide. The theme of the conference, “Adapt. Change. Disrupt”, got me thinking – how do can project managers become a disruptor in their organisation?

In outlining their vision for the event, PMI Australia points out that project management has evolved significantly in the past decade. It is no longer just about delivering projects on-time and on-budget, but also about delivering more value more frequently as a strategic partner for business.

Today’s project managers need to both adapt and change, as well as become disruptors or innovators in their business and be central to delivering business success.

Of course this calls for a radical shift from the normal way of doing things. So how can you become a disruptor as a project manager?

Here’s my list of the top five things that can help you:

  1. Treat your project like a business and your stakeholders like customers

Thinking about your project as a business and your stakeholder as customers, demands a completely different mind-set to how we would traditionally approach a project. While it calls for greater accountability, it can have a significant impact on a project’s success as the focus fall on ensuring every activity delivers value.

  1. Remember the users!

Think about your project from the user’s perspective. Although they’re the ones who will ultimately be on the receiving end of what you’re creating, engagement with these stakeholders is too often underestimated.  Engaging with end-users will often throw up obstacles or opportunities that you haven’t come across before, which will help ensure the eventual success of the project.

  1. Use cloud software

Cloud software can help you manage all aspects of your project. You can have all of your project information in one place and view progress or deliver reports at the click of a button.  This is especially useful if you’re a contractor as you can take your documentation and templates with you from project to project.

  1. Make things simpler

Keeping things simple can be harder than it sounds. And while most project managers don’t set out to complicate things for their stakeholders, we sometimes do so unintentionally. Simplicity can help with better decision making and helps to keep processes slim and agile, so your project have a far better chance of success.

  1. Don't complete tasks, achieve benefits

A disruptor needs a razor-sharp focus on achieving results. Make sure everything you do delivers benefits and avoid ticking off tasks just for the sake of it. Shift from thinking about inputs to concentrating on outcomes.

It is therefore clear that for a project manager to be disruptor, they need to rely on more than just their project management skills. In today’s increasingly complex and competitive environment, it is essential to be able to combine technical, leadership, and strategic business expertise.

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  1. 24 June, 2016 at 05:16

    5. is the key for me as it provides a lens through which everything can be viewed. It's way too easy to focus on tasks on a gantt chart but really everything should be related to a benefit realization plan. However, I appreciate that this is easier said than done!

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