The truth about the importance of project management is that running projects without good project management business practices are a false economy. Many believe project management is an unnecessary burden on their business’s budget, and it is true that there is an expense attached to good project management.
Having a good or even great project manager means not only are you keeping the project management’s iron triangle in balance, but you are also delivering the project on time, keeping within the scope of what the project was intended to perform, and uniting clients and teams. Without project managers, you cannot navigate the clashes and catastrophes, or the ups and downs of your project?
These are the reasons project management matters for your business.
Leadership in Project Management
Project managers bring direction and leadership to your projects. Without them, a team does not always know which direction to go and often move without purpose or control. With good leadership, it enables and allows a team to do their best work. Good project managers give your project vision, motivation, removes roadblocks, gives leadership to the work, and inspires teams to do their very best work.
Quality Control in Project Management
When you have a project manager on your projects, you can rest assured that the work you have requested will be quality work and consistently hit the mark of what you are looking for. When projects are set to be completed by a specific deadline, it creates an enormous amount of pressure on those working on it. Without a project manager, tasks can be underestimated, schedules become tightened, and the whole process begins to feel rushed. Project managers will ensure that your project not only has resources to deliver but that the output of the project will be tested for quality at each stage.
Project managers are essential for your projects, as it will ensure your expectations are carried out and delivered. Without it, project delivery timelines, and your estimated budget can be set over-ambitiously and the lack of insight from similar projects. The lack of project management means your projects more than likely will be completed late and over your estimated budget costs.
An Order to the Process
A project manager makes sure the right people do the right jobs and at the right time. They will make sure proper processes are followed throughout the project. Proper planning can make an enormous difference on your project team. Following the proper project management process will help to clarify everyone’s role on the team. It will allow for streamlining your project’s process, anticipating risks, and creating checks and balances, ensuring your project is continually aligned.
Objectives and Clear Focus
It is important to have project management in place to ensure there is a viable plan to execute strategic goals. When a team does not adhere to project management best practices, your project will lose focus, members will work without the proper briefs, and they can have vague objectives.
A team without a plan does not always understand the next step to take and leaves them wondering what they should do next and why.
Project managers positions themselves to prevent these types of situations and timely accomplish tasks set out before the team by breaking the project into tasks and assigning team members specific areas to work.
Often during a project, goals have to change. Without dedicated project managers, your project can quickly falter, but with proper project management, your team is able to focus and refocus when necessary on their objectives to create an excellent outcome for your project.
“There is no such thing as a perfect project, every project has its own challenges.”
Cerila Gailliard, Founder of Orchestrating Your Success
Project Management Professional | Consultant & Trainer