In years gone by, miners wouldn’t consider descending deep underground without a caged canary – and once in the mine, you can bet they kept a close eye on the bird for any signs of distress or sickness that might indicate the presence of invisible, odorless, dangerous gasses.
Today, we are fortunate indeed to have safe and comfortable working conditions that our predecessors would be in awe of. And yet, there is still a need for good old-fashioned observational skills to detect signs that your organization might be suffering from issues that, if left unaddressed, could have serious implications.
A deficiency of project management ability can hide behind all kinds of symptoms, and to the untrained eye can be quite hard to spot. With that in mind, we have drawn on our decades of experience to compile this guide detailing four tell-tale signs of an organization in need of project management training. We hope you find it useful!
Change Happens Slowly, If at All
Humans tend to be naturally resistant to change. But if your organization is failing to move with the times, it may be more than just a few stick-in-the-mud characters holding things up.
To see if this is your organization, it’s helpful to consider the perspectives of various external and internal stakeholders. You can answer this question for each of the groups listed below:
What substantial, positive change has taken place in your organization over the last two years from the standpoint of these stakeholders?
- The Environment
If you can’t list at least one achievement that signifies real progress for each of these groups, your organization is not changing fast enough. We’re living in a world where exponential machine learning is making the previously unpractical a daily reality. Technology is transforming the world of business and non-profit alike. Project management training can help your people acquire the skills to adapt, and ensure your organization can not just survive, but thrive.
Staff Regularly Confuse Roles and Responsibilities
This is a very common symptom of clients who come to us for professional project management training. Whether intentionally or not, tasks get left uncompleted because someone ‘assumed it was someone else’s responsibility.’
This stems from a lack of clear internal communication, which in turn stems from a lack of project management acumen. Clients often describe as most transformational our training on how to set roles and responsibilities with crystal clarity, so there can be no dispute or misunderstanding as to who is doing what. Proper, regular status meetings maintain accountability and re-inforce these expectations, so your people can deliver true performance. And no more tasks that slipped between the gaps and were missed entirely!
Deadlines Regularly Get Missed
This can be a result of unrealistic scheduling, poor planning and execution, or a combination of these factors. Whatever the reason, missed deadlines are demoralizing for your team and damage customer and stakeholder perception of your brand.
Of course, 100% deadline compliance is almost impossible to ensure in practice, but if more than 10% of all projects regularly miss their deadline, your organization could hugely benefit from project management training to help your staff in setting deadlines that will stretch your teams and yet not be unrealistic or unachievable.
Sometimes the scope of a project changes. This will necessitate a review of the project schedule. Other times, the schedule may have to be revised for reasons of risk management, or regulatory obstacles that have only emerged as the project progresses. It’s far better to revise the schedule at your weekly or monthly meetings rather than allow the project to over-run the intended timespan. Project management training from Cadence can help your people with all these areas.
Projects Rarely Complete Within Budget
In some organizations where we have been called to help, projects almost always seemed to cost more than anticipated – sometimes by a factor of 2 or 3 times the original estimate.
It is not inevitable that a project should cost more than what was budgeted. Properly planned and carried out projects finish comfortably within budget.
Budget setting, regular reporting of actual spend against budget as the project progresses, and budget revisions are all part of project management training that Cadence can offer.
Cadence has helped organizations large and small, from all parts of the world, save millions of dollars and countless hours of time on the projects they implement. Why not contact Cadence today and experience the benefits for yourself?