Schedules and adherence to them are a key component of many work environments. While complying with their own demands, managers need to make sure that project schedules are on target and within reach of their employees.
Experts claim that the most common problem in project management is falling behind schedule. While it is difficult to avoid delays, managers can improve their situation and still complete projects in a timely manner.
One strategy may be to look at projects over the long term. Instead of focusing on minute details with a short-term consequence, focus on the end objective, then go over the process in retrospect and jettison inefficient processes.
This may also mean narrowing the scope of your project. Eliminate nonessential elements to reduce costs and save time.
Finally, renegotiate with stakeholders or clients to explore alternative methods of meeting a goal. Perhaps increasing the budget or extending deadlines altogether will keep the project on track.
Of course, proper delegation of resources and human capital is perhaps the best strategy for ensuring timely completion of a project. Accordingly, managers should understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of their employees to maximize their effectiveness.
How does your organization stay on schedule?