So how can you step into this messy world of Project Management and survive? I have strongly advised on the use of common sense (check out “Mastering Motivation”, “Team Players” and “A Christmas Business Case”).
But his time I have a new tip for you: the KISS Principle.
KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid and it follows pretty close Albert Einstein’s “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler”. Doing things in a simple way is not always easy, so I have a small list of things for you to keep in mind.
1. Projects satisfy Visions
First things first, so don’t forget why your project exists. A project is always about implementing some vision (a business vision, not the hallucinating kind) so be sure to know what vision started your project and what business need it addresses. And it’s never about delivery dates or keeping the project under budget - those are important but that’s not why your project exists.
2. People make things happen
Project managers don’t do the project work. They make it possible for the project team to deliver on time and on budget. So keep an eye on what’s preventing your team from performing at their top. Risk management plays a big part but so does knowing what your team’s expectations are.
4. Know about Best Practices and avoid them
5. Don’t go for tags
6. Simple isn’t easy
Keeping it simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. So prepare yourself to be bold and brave. Think ahead. And allow yourself some distance to thinks happening. Did you ever hear that a dog is the best project management tool you can have?
And to wrap up, I'd love to hear from you and your experience. How important do you think the KISS Principle is in Project Management? Do you make an effort to keep things simple? Would you add something to this list?
If you enjoyed this you may also enjoy these related posts:
- Mastering Motivation
- Team Players
- A Christmas Business Case
- Meet the most wanted Project Management tool: the dog!
Posted by Luis Seabra Coelho