As business leaders, we're often confronted with challenges that test our ability to achieve our organization's goals and objectives. Enter project management – a strategic and results-driven approach that has the potential to unlock tremendous value and contribute significantly to business success. However, it's important to remember that project management is a means to an end, not the end itself. In this post, we'll explore how to leverage project management as a powerful tool in your toolkit to address business problems and make your organization shine.
The importance of organizational buy-in for project management cannot be overstated. By effectively demonstrating how project management contributes to achieving goals and solving business problems, you can build credibility and foster support among your stakeholders.
When approached correctly, project management can act as a powerful tool for delivering exceptional results in your organization. By positioning project management as a strategic means to achieving business objectives, identifying and addressing challenges, and gaining buy-in from key stakeholders, you can drive significant value and help your organization thrive in today's competitive landscape. Remember: Project management is a means to an end – a tool in your toolkit to help your organization reach its full potential.
At Lilly, I was lucky that they have really a very strong project management culture and project management organization. When you look across pharma, it's hit and miss and has high degree of variability within it. I used to present quite a bit at, Drug Information Association, project management conferences, etcetera.
I can't tell you how many times someone comes up and says, can I have your slides? Absolutely. What do you want to do with them? We need this roadshow. I need these slides. I'm going to go back home and to my organization, and I'm going to show them what project management is, and what project management does, and project management, project management, project management.
And I had to remind them that project management is a means. It's not an end. I wouldn't run through the halls, beating your chest, touting project management. What I would do is find a business problem. Pick one. Pick two if you're aggressive.
Does your organization have trouble defining scope? Does your organization have trouble aligning stakeholders?
Does your organization have trouble appropriately planning projects? Resource loading those projects? Do you have trouble delivering projects? Right, where are those problems?
Use project management as a tool to solve those business problems and you will have your organization buying into project management.
Having a road show, touting the benefits of project management, probably is not the way to go. Project management is a means to an end. The end is what your business objectives, what your business organizational goals are.
Use project management as a tool to deliver those and you will get buy in and support more broadly.