Project Management 2.0 – How to unlock your employees’ full potential

Today you would like to know the exact status of your development department's most important project. You're relaxed as you go into your weekly meeting, for you know that your project manager is acting as a real pilot, keeping it on course to its destination.

The meeting starts with a look back at the previous week. Each team member self-confidently compares the completed tasks and work packages to the plan, always conscious of his or her own responsibility and maintaining a healthy entrepreneurial attitude.

The developers especially value their creative freedom within a fixed framework. Are there delivery delays from a supplier? At a glance, your project manager recognizes the impact on the project's schedule. The team works constructively on a solution that will let them keep on schedule anyway. Now it's your turn. How can management help solve the problem?

You appreciate the opportunity to take on problems this early, for your team's projects are always "on-time, on-spec and on-budget". But in this case, you don't have to do anything. Through the project management's simple visual logic, purchasing, acting as a flexible team member, understands the problem within a few minutes and is already recommending a solution.

Interfaces with other parts of the company work effectively, without friction, for the team has done its preparation: By front-loading at the kick-off, questions, risks and experience from all the interfaces involved have been collected from past projects and evaluated.

Next, the key performance indicators of the previous week are looked at. How many hours were spent? How far along is a subfeature's development? How is the mood in the team? And now you continue with the plan for the coming week. Based on the overall project plan, the current situation and in coordination with important interfaces, each team member defines his or her work packages for the coming week.

The project manager closes the meeting by asking if all points have been cleared up and all members agree with the plan. Everyone is satisfied, and this time as well the projector isn't needed: Your visual project management works entirely without electricity. You can even work standing up, with simple, touchable and flexible elements. You can work with it anywhere: in the project room, in the hall in front of your office, in the development workshop or in the factory.
Meanwhile, just 20 minutes have passed and you leave the project meeting relaxed. You're sure that the project is on track and will be finished as planned.

Would you like to find out how visual planning can make your projects more efficient and change your project managers from "first rowers" into real pilots? Axel Ege is looking forward to discussing with you your specific challenges in research and development.

For more information please contact Axel Ege: axe@management-partner.de. Phone: +49 711 7683-220.

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