This last week I’ve had a cold which has made me feel tired and I have to constantly stop what I’m doing to blow my nose. This has impacted my work making me less efficient and leading to mistakes. Just as our performance suffers when we are ill our projects can suffer when they’re ill, or when they aren’t running as well as they should.
Do you know if your project is healthy, or is there a cancer that’s slowly eating your profits and impacting progress?
Project health tests
We are encouraged to undergo regular health check-ups. In the same way our projects undergo health check-ups. These may include:
But can we detect unhealthy projects earlier?
Unfortunately many managers try to manage their projects from the office, relying on meetings, emails and reports to monitor their project. However, there’s nothing that beats actually walking the project, being in the field and interacting with your team. When you do these walks, it’s usually obvious when the project isn’t healthy.
Is the project neat and organized, or is it chaotic?
Is everyone busy or are some standing around underutilized?
Is all the equipment being efficiently used?
Does there appear to be a plan in place?
When I walk around my projects I constantly look for 3 things:
As I walk around the field I also ask the following questions:
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