In a now defunct Game Development studio in one of the more stylish segments of the metro, the former CEO laid out his plans in building an MMORPG that he said would be the next big thing on Steam.
Months into the project, the creative team had come up with a tight-knit storyline, a set of assets for the game environment, and a number of design concepts for its playable characters. Suffice it to say, the company was on the right track.
However, after all these details have started to moved around in production, the CEO started taking in small projects for different clients who were asking the team to produce small, casual mobile games alongside other non-game related apps. The move would not have posed as a problem had the CEO designated other programmers and level designers for the smaller projects. But no. He opted to use the same team that was initially brought in to work on the MMORPG.
The Game Development company, that was only in its infant years, shuttered in, with none of the games ever seeing traction or recognition from the community it was created for. When the COO looked back, he said that the CEO failed the company in two ways:
1. The projects did not bear any clear vision, let alone a set of doable objectives
2. There was no set pipeline for any of them
When working in a Game Development studio with clients and investors constantly breathing down the collective neck of the production team for output and ROI, a definite pipeline is not just recommendable—it is a necessity. And the objectives? These should take precedence. Not having any of these denies the project of a clear framework that would outline methodology, plan of action, and contingency.
But of course, this holds true in any project across all businesses. Project Management is staple regardless of the industry the endeavor is contextualized in. Inasmuch as experts are hired to undertake certain projects by their specialization, when they are left unchecked, without the company delineating the exact needs of the project and the deadline that it is anchored to, it is doomed to fail. And failure, while a good motivator for people to get back on track is far from being a good business model.
Valuable Steps in Ensuring Successful Project Delivery
Tracking the project's progress through both human agency and the employ of various software applications, as guided by the project's objectives is not just recommended but imperative.
The present professional landscape is an exciting terrain to become part of the workforce. Plenty of developments for human resources have been made and numerous milestones in rendering more humane checks have been created for an employee's welfare. These do not, in a any way, cradle employees into dullness but actually aid to make them more conscientious of the job at hand.
In this light, let us take a look at 4 tips that would help secure successful delivery of projects.
1. Setting The Objectives of the Project
As already mentioned, setting the objectives of a project is integral to giving it direction. It scaffolds the undertaking to a tangible framework that will have the potential to be delivered to a tee.
But what needs to be elaborated upon is how the objectives are not one-way goals but collaborative ones. After all, these projects are undertaken by a team. What this means is that all the members should be comfortable with and agree wholly to the objectives as these will motivate them to not only work, but work with personal satisfaction in mind. Whole-hearted agreement secures that whatever hurdle may be encountered, the team members would be able to find effective workarounds and soldier on.
2. Delineate the Roles and Duties of Each Member
Being able to establish each and every members' precise role in production renders organization and ensures that no overlapping of tasks would happen. This also allows team members to set their own schedules and set their priorities in their respective departments.
The compartmentalization of roles and duties make it easy for Project Managers to check what still needs to be done at micro levels and troubleshoot should the need arise.
3. Communication Needs to be Clear
It goes without saying that communication is integral in any undertaking, may it be professional or personal. Establishing a clear line of communication among team members helps to address concerns and avert potential issues in production. To help the cause, a number of apps are available in the market.
Maintaining consistent and clear correspondence also builds sound relationships that members would be able to carry on to other projects, furthering team camaraderie and professionalism.
4. Ensure the Use of Digital Project Management Tools
With the leaps that the modern world had made, concerns in Project management had followed suit, adapting certain complexities in tracking and monitoring overall productivity.
Enlisting the aid of Project Management software applications would be more than advisable. Healthy Project Management should see the use of online calendars, communication platforms, web-based organization tools, and virtual offices. These effectively assist managers go about monitoring how aspects of the project are being done.
Getting these tools and synchronizing all data across the platforms that a company uses will definitely save managers time in light of the capability of easy sharing, access, and review of project updates.
The Value of Monitoring Project Progress
Tracking the development of a project serves not only the aim of getting things done and avoiding customer escalations. It ultimately boosts the professional's morale as it carves for him or her a definite place in the pipeline, imbuing a sense that what he or she does matter. On top of that, consistent monitoring are also solves strategic challenges as knowing a problem at a micro-level makes it easy for Project Managers to assess it and solve it efficiently.
Seeing a project grow into fruition gives a sense of fulfillment to both the client and the service provider. The productivity that results bolsters the indignation of all parties involved that they are capable of achieving anything.
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