Project Management Software
Specialists in Project Infrastructure
The following are 8 strategies that can make your project more successful and provide additional benefits.
1. Place resources at the centre of your planning process
Reduce costs by optimizing the workforce
2. Concentrate on the most profitable projects
Give more importance to the marginal effect of a project
Planning is a concurrent process : new projects compete with existing ones for the use of (limited) resources. As a consequence, a particular project doesn't necessarily have a positive effect on the entire portfolio, even if its expected income seems very attractive. That's why we give more importance to the ' marginal effect ' of a project than to its income or its theoretical profit.
So, before adding a new project to an existing project portfolio, we use the following methodology that helps us answer this crucial question:
'Is the real added-value of this additional project positive ?'
As a result, we concentrate solely on the most profitable projects .
3. Anticipate the incidence of recurring problems
Limit risks and produce reliable plans
Anticipate the incidence of recurring problems by using the concept of risk coefficients . Indeed, risks, such as illnesses, days off, unplanned tasks, longer tasks, changes, and interruptions are frequent throughout the life of the plan. These events are so frequent that we often have statistics on their occurrence . That's why we will model their occurrence and incorporate their effect into our plans.
By doing so, we'll improve the reliability of the delivery dates , and certainly the cohesion of the team, the quality of the work and therefore the profits. Use the concept of risk coefficient. Imagine the scenarios or contingency plans, be they positive or negative.
4. Win the TTM (Time to Market) battle
Technology Leaders know how crucial mastering time to market (TTM) is to succeed in a volatile and competitive environment. However, improving TTM is often linked to compromising quality and thus losing credibility and market share. That's why preparation and anticipation are the key words in this battle in which we can assist you.
This will help you prepare to face the possibility that one of these scenarios has to be played out. Your flexibility will become the best insurance for winning the TTM battle.
5. Save time to concentrate on your strategic tasks
Because your time is precious, quick responses from your planning tool are priceless.
6. Better understand your organization and its environment
Keep track of history
The final state of a plan is the result of events throughout its life:
All these different stages are a piece of the history you need to keep to help you better understand your organization and its environment and feed your learning curve. This material is priceless when you have to share your planning expertise or when you re-visit a specific moment of the plan and test the relevancy of alternative working configurations.
Feed your learning curve.
7. Retain and disseminate the best practices
Encourage 'Project Darwinism'
Among the reasons that explain why so many projects fail, one of the most important is certainly the lack of memory and/or transmission of previous experience. Don't consider projects in isolation from others, but calculate their marginal effect
8. Profit from the information your plan holds
Increase your turnover and your profits
Planning is much more than allocating resources to tasks or predicting project ending dates. Actually, planning can be seen as one of the most powerful methodologies for performing SWOT analyses. From such SWOT analyses, you can start elaborating and implementing strategies not just to reduce costs, but also to increase your turnover and your profits. What you learn from your planning system will thus help you set up a large variety of strategies:
CEO and founding shareholder of ISC, Frédéric Dufour is a successful entrepreneur whose life is devoted to conceiving and developing methodologies and software programs that constantly improve modern management.
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