I went to a fascinating presentation on lessons learned from projects yesterday. The two presenters analyzed ten projects they had worked with and came up with twelve lessons learned. I listened intently.
Of great interest to me was that these were not project management professionals and did not even use the term ‘project management’ in their talk. What lessons did they come up with? Among them were:
- Senior leadership needs to be committed to the process and open to the outcome.
- Make sure the purpose and intention of your project are clear. If you are confused, everyone else will be too.
- Go slow to go fast. Planning and implementing an effective and meaningful project takes time. Are you ready for this?
Do these findings sound familiar to you? The findings underlined for me that the theories of project management ring true. The personnel involved in these projects discovered these truths from their own experience.
So, I conclude that whether you think in project terms or not, having a sponsor you can rely on, having a clear vision and purpose for what you are doing, and planning are fundamental principles of success for any work.