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|Is Brexit chaos partly explained by reasons why Government projects usually overrun in cost & time?|
A blog from AXELOS provides useful guidance on how to get management ‘buy-in’ and help ensure smooth progress.
It’s not uncommon for project managers to have a degree of trepidation about project boards. The board, after all, is a holding-to-account session, where the project manager presents progress – or, sometimes has to justify the lack of it.
Boards can be confrontational, they always require a lot of work generating the reports, however they can be enjoyable. There are things you can do, that help to make things go more smoothly.
Here are 3 steps to an enjoyable project board:
2. Know your stuff
Make sure you are on top of your delivery, your data, your reporting. No one, the client included, wants to be in a project board where you are fumbling around for the information, or presenting the wrong data.
3. Broker in advanceIf, or rather, when, there are contentious issues, broker an agreement in advance. Don’t seek to use the board as the negotiating panel if you can avoid it. If the project manager hasn’t worked the room in advance, hasn’t consulted with stakeholders, I guarantee something will emerge to trip them up.
AXELOS: How to enjoy your project board - (Readers can mentally substitute PM for project manager and Parliament for project board with regards to Brexit).