“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” This question always hits where it hurts: off-putting for an individual, but terrifying for an organization. That’s why more teams are implementing enterprise project management (or EPM for jargon-junkies). Enterprise project implementation is a new way to accomplish organization-wide goals effectively while still being detail-oriented within departments. It has the potential to be the next workplace standard, but it can fall flat on its face at your home base if you don’t avoid these 4 things:
- A Narrow Outlook. Remember in school, when that one teacher would assign homework as if you had no other classes? Despite our (tiny!) lasting grudge, we often make the same mistake in project management. Failure to integrate the top project with the other goals of the organization can result in wasted resources, sub-par performance, and a last-minute time crunch. One of the foremost indicators of a top IT project manager is his or her ability to effortlessly streamline the multiple feats of an organization (and their simultaneously-occurring different stages) into one pool of resources, talents, and goals. A lot of attention is absolutely required on new developments, but the ability to not lose focus on the organization’s entirety is key.
- Ineffective Tools. In the stress of taking on a new project or realigning your project management strategy, it’s easy to just look for the newest, most buzzed-about resources and stop there. But the best hammer in the toolbox will not be able to drill very well. In other words, deliberately choosing your tools is just as important as incorporating them. Carefully consider your organization’s specific needs, goals, and direction before investing in any new technology. It may also be helpful to take inventory of your current operations equipment and its effectiveness: Is there anything that you can cut from your plan? Anything that you should be using differently? Look critically at your tools throughout the project implementation process.
- A Blind Path. When it comes to any new implementation, one size will not fit all. Each plan needs to be customized to your department’s status quo in the present moment. Even implementing a plan dreamed up one year ago can be a bad idea because, if nothing else, the industry climate has changed, let alone the dynamics internally. Also, important to note is that with any change in structure, software, or iteration comes a security risk unique to your organization. A strong path considers industry climate, internal dynamics, and weak points in security, and regularly evaluates itself.
- The Wrong Team. Effective enterprise project management calls for far more than just software. Choosing the wrong team for enterprise project implementation can not only mean that your goals for the future will falter, but can also translate to progress made in the past and present coming undone. Consistency really is key when it comes to team performance, and at Trace3 we pride ourselves on delivering the premiere IT solutions in the industry. Connect with us today and see your best EPM yet.