Earlier this week 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 would 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, let’s talk about sufficient tools & resources.
Sufficiency of tools and resources
That not only means having the right materials in place but also the right skills to execute effectively. Jesus taught in this area of project management saying “for which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all who see begin to mock him saying, ‘this man began to build and was not able to finish”?
Contrary to popular project management financing, in which the project costs are spread out over the project’s life in order to manage the profit palates of investors, Jesus teaches that we need to absorb all project costs upfront and question the viability of projects we cannot fully absorb. I have seen in my life a number of projects that have been either closed or had their budgets cut because of changing management priorities. The ecosystem businesses operate in are dynamic, and leaders have no clue what is coming at them tomorrow. Therefore, many businesses have encountered unexpected tsunamis’ that have forced executives to either close or reclassify important projects.
It is also interesting to note that all the key projects in the scriptures were fully resourced upfront; the Israelites in the wilderness provided all the gold, ornaments and materials for the tabernacle before work started, David provided all the gold for the building of the temple which his son Solomon was given the privilege to oversee, and we see that even Nehemiah received from the King orders for all the timber he would need to complete the wall.
The importance of having the right skills at the right place can never be understated. For example, God provided Moses with skilled men for building the tabernacle and Solomon traversed the civilized world at the time looking for the best known skills for each feature of the temple. In building the wall of Jerusalem, all the skilled men came to provide their labor where it was most relevant, with passion and not with pride.
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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