Our Top Project Management Tips for Teams in the Public & Third Sectors

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In the new flexible working era, where many of our colleagues are #workingfromhome and are based across multiple locations and, in some cases, even time zones, having a solid project management strategy that works for your team and organisation is more important than ever. This is especially so for teams in the public sector, third sector and social good organisations given the direct impact our projects and programmes have on our most vulnerable communities.

Combined, ROI’s team of expert project and programme managers have many decades of project management experience. Here are some of the top tips we have learnt while working in the field…

  • Have a clear “change model” to support the start of a project – be clear about the “why” before looking at “what”, “when”, “how” and by ‘whom’
  • Build cognitively diverse project teams – bringing different perspectives together to solve a problem or achieve an aspiration significantly improves the chances of the team actually doing so
  • Spend a good amount of time planning – and not alone (see point above!)
  • Learn from the lessons of previous projects within the organisation and other work from which lessons can be learnt as part of the planning process
  • Recognise that nothing can be forecasted with 100% certainty for any project and put in place the right safeguards to manage changes and risks
  • Ensure there is a project management methodology including document and plan templates in place, which is aligned with the organisation’s ethos, way of work and adds value to delivery and management teams
  • Use real-life case studies within or outside the organisation to ensure teams understand and buy-in to the organisation’s methodology
  • From the outset, define clearly the responsibilities of a Project Executive and a Project Manager and give them time to do what they are supposed to
  • Invest time in getting project team communications right – ensure people know their roles and both formal and informal practices are in place to make teams work well together
  • Keep challenging the project in a constructive way – is the change model still relevant? Does the business case stack up? Do we have the right people in the right roles?

For more project or programme management advice, contact our director Christos Pishias on +44 (0) 7939242796