Take an agile approach to each project starting with a clear objective that builds value and creates in impact. Have a collective mindset to be progressive and adaptive. Aim to perform priority mapping, streamline processes, reduce workflow inefficiencies, utilize data insights and continually iterate and test. These practices will increase the velocity of production, lower costs and drive measurable results.
Re-design thinking for agility and shape the culture to be transformative. Overcome the tendency to perform projects in a customary fashion.
Focus on Value, Business Objectives and Key Results
Define Specifications and Outcome Requirements
MoSCoW: Must, Should, Could and Won’t Haves
Build Actionable Tasks Into Incremental Delivery Stages
Weigh Quality Against Time and Cost
Identify Risk Factors and Potential Obstacles / Blockers
Projects, business requirements and solutions to a problem must be first analyzed for levels of impact, ease, confidence in outcome, cost factors, delivery timeframe, scalability and long-term viability.
Data is often the most influential part of a project – serving as a vital driver of decision-making. Managers go into projects unprepared for data use, failing to account for cleansing, standardizing, organizing and applying needed taxonomy and categorization.
An ambitious project team has several critical characteristics: deadline-driven, collaborative, transparent, supportive, consistent in sprint production, entrenched in testing, open to pivoting and reprioritizing, and hyper committed to achieving the goal.
Define the path, set expectations and short-term quests, create a flow, adopt ideas, embrace the need for tests, reiterations and directional changes, incent, encourage and align the team, measure performance, and always be ready to serve and support.
Empower teams to execute priorities based on value to the business and customer, and on contribution to growth and sustainability
Planning the Strategy, Scope, Sprints, and Testing will Set the Stage for Project Success
Preparation of Requirements, Data, Processes, Use Cases, and Systems Criteria is Essential
Consensus on ROI-Driven Deliverables, Timetable, Capacity and Methodology is Formidable
Essential to business success today is embracing change. A team needs to be open to pivoting, experimenting, and testing new pathways. Leaders must set an agile and innovative course, and encourage teams to ideate and leverage data to hypothesize and test concepts and campaigns. Adoption to change can be challenging and must be looked upon as an iterative process, not an single event.