“[The project] was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.”
While the timeless tale scribed by Charles Dickens starts with this famous phrase, your next project should not.
There are ways to assure that your next job or project isn’t dead on arrival. All you have to do is learn from your mistakes of the past, apply them in the present, and make plans for the future.
The Ghost of Projects Past
Mistakes of past projects can haunt you for many projects to come. Your only hope is to analyze each part of the project to see where your productivity and profitabilty went awry.
Get opinions from your team as to where improvements can be made so that the mistakes of the past don’t become the mistakes of the present and future as well.
If you’ve been using project management software for your past projects, you can run reports to using time tracking and other factors to see how efficient your team was at accomplishing the task.
If you haven’t been using project management software, that’s a great place to start.
The Ghost of Projects Present
Think: what can my team do starting today to improve our efficiency and rate of success? Take what you’ve learned from the past and start applying it now.
This can become a trial-and-error phase, but that’s ok. There isn’t one right way to do things, so this is part of the process of finding out what works and what doesn’t for your business.
Live reports in your project management software can help you see how you’re doing minute-by-minute, allowing you to course correct and get back on track.
The Ghost of Projects Future
Just as there was no doubt surrounding Marley’s death, make it so there is no doubt that your next project will be a success.
Make plans on what you can do to improve. Adjust your processes and the setup of your project management software so that you can do better in the future. Don’t be haunted by your mistakes from the past.
If you do all this right and have a solid plan for the future, you’ll be sure to complete your projects in less time with less resources and waste.
“…bless [our projects], every one!”