Earlier in Successful Project Management: Rebuilding the Walls of Jericho, I mentioned that there are a number of factors that impact on project success and several writers highlight them from different perceptions. Borrowing from my own 20 year professional experience in banking and consulting, in which I was involved in a number of projects, I narrowed these to 4 keys to successful project management:
- The right Leadership
- Sufficient tools and resources
- Effective coordination of all stakeholders
- Risk management
In this article, we’re covering effective coordination of all stakeholders.
Effective Coordination of All Stakeholders
IBM Systems Mag mentions that a failure to align with all constituents and stakeholders of a project is an important cause of failures. They stress that building understanding and trust with all constituents and stakeholders is essential to a successful project outcome. Project management.com, in an article by Erin Palmer (2016), further states that “all stakeholders on board should always know which direction the project is going”.
A central aspect of effective project coordination is candid communication across all constituents of the project. I believe one of the attributes for every project failure can be traced down to improper communication. Erin Palmer writes that “A project team should never promise anything they know they cannot deliver; saying no in the beginning could save an overabundance of unnecessary problems later”.
Though Nehemiah did not have the luxury of complex communication tools, he provided effective coordination in two ways. First by getting involved in the depth of the work, he and his servants were completely immersed in the efforts of getting the wall built up that he did not have time for other activities. He writes that “Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work”
Second, he met with all the leaders at his table daily, up to 150 of them. Much as this was an expensive venture for one who preferred not to tax his people because he considered them already overburdened; it still ensured that all the leaders remained on the same page at every stage of the project.
Lameck Otim is from Uganda, Africa. After a train smash encounter with Christ that threw a tail spin in a 17 year Corporate banking career, he turned to writing in an attempt to reach out to peers and friends for Christ. It is in his writing that Lameck found purpose, sharing the life changing truths of the Word of God, mostly drawn from my his own experiences in the salvation journey, family and workplace.
Lameck has been married for 14 years and has 4 children (between one and 11 years old). Being a Christian has enabled him to find such fulfillment in family that he never thought was possible.
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