How do you optimize projects due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will impact your projects, clients and project management teams. However, it is important you keep up-to-date with the changing environment and the different approaches being implemented.
Because of the constant changes, you need to know how this will affect your organization and your approach to project management, as well as the actions you will need to take to optimize and respond to the shift in your work organization.
Optimize Your Projects
Communication is the most important component of collaboration. In the year 2019, the trend was how to cover soft skills such as emotional intelligence. Now with the COVID-19 being a major disruption, communication has become the #1 priority for organizations. The sheer number of people who went from coming into the office for 8 hours are now working from home for 8 hours. Develop an effective communication plan which caters to the needs of your organization and employees. As part of the communication plan, you must first put in place the right technology and then set prioritization of daily and weekly tasks.
Changes in Digital Technology
No longer is the latest always the greatest. This concept is not new to project managers. AI and automation technologies were increasingly consistent with project management in 2019. Now, you have to know how to optimize your projects to take advantage of technology to reduce and mitigate project threats and risks as well as prioritize limited organizational resources.
Change Management to Project Success
A hot topic among project management is change management. This idea includes embracing change and/or accelerating change. Now, project management will involve adjusting and adapting your processes, competencies, and workflows as well as standardizing and streamlining operations.
More emphasis will be placed on risk management going further. Your company has to have a risk management strategy in place to handle threats arrive from competitors, internally or outside forces such as COVID-19. When you minimize risks on projects, you boost the project’s success. Managing risk has become the #2 priority for organizations. Having a risk management plan in place during all stages of a project will help project managers ward off threats and issues before they become a real threat to your project success.
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“There is no such thing as a perfect project, every project has its own challenges.”
Cerila Gailliard, Founder of Orchestrating Your Success LLC
Project Management Professional | Consultant & Trainer