Project management can be a daunting undertaking, especially for beginners. This is even true for those project managers that have spent their time and money learning the art of managing complex projects.
This is because each project is different and each project governs under different restrictions and in many cases, is backed by a different team.
As a result of working with different individuals, teams, clients, and working on various unique projects, achieving project success is not a simple task.
This task becomes even more complex when working with a large enterprise where projects are enormous and the moving variables that can influence the outcome of a project are simply too many to count.
With that said, like other aspects of business, even the efficiency of enterprise project management can be improved by keeping the basic best practices in mind.
If you don’t know what these best practices are, you have landed on the right articles.
Without wasting any more words, let’s learn about the best practices for effectively managing enterprise level projects:
Have The Right Tools In Place
For enterprises to function properly, it is no secret that they have to depend on a variety of tools. In the case of project management, these can be project management tools, time tracking tools, reporting and analysis tools, collaboration tools, and communication tools.
With a large number of resources involved in each project, it is important to choose a set of tools that are suited to the technical capabilities of all involved resources and stakeholders. At the same time, it is important to ensure that the tools you choose or purchase offer all the features you will need to efficiently manage and execute the project.
Thankfully, most tools and software designed for enterprises offer free trials that you can utilise to make informed purchase decisions while choosing the tools for your team.
Communicate Frequently And Clearly
Any effective and successful manager will tell you that effective communication is critical to the success of any project. MInimising miscommunication and ensuring every team member is able to get their message across is one of the most pressing responsibilities of a project manager.
At the same time, the managers themselves should be able to clearly communicate instructions and guidelines to their team members.
With special attention to communication, you will not just be able to minimise the instances of miscommunication, you will also be able to minimise the number of revisions you may have to make to your deliverables.
Being Prepared For Crisis
There are rarely any projects that reach completion without running into any problems. For big projects that depend on several contributors, the chances of things going wrong are even higher.
While unforeseen problems are inevitable, a good project manager is always prepared to handle a crisis. To do this, the first step is to create something called a risk register at the beginning of the project. The risk register should contain all the things that you think can go wrong during the project, and the alternative plans in case such situations become reality.
It is also a great idea to assign the management of various risks that you predict to specific resources within your team. This way, if a crisis occurs, you will be able to ensure that it is being managed without affecting the productivity of other resources on your team.
These were just three of the many best practices that project managers must adhere to while handling enterprise level projects.
What is a best practice or rule that enables you to deliver projects with efficiency? Share with us and everyone else reading this article in the comment section below.