Some projects need added support to keep them moving that you may not need all the time or have available when you’re looking to develop a new digital service, product, or solution.
Why cats, and why herd them at all? Project management in general, [and with digital projects in particular] is often compared to herding cats. This is true to some extent: at the entry level, this process may look like useless attempts to control things that are intrinsically uncontrollable. Sounds like something even a cat person wouldn’t be happy with, doesn’t it?
However, project management is not about pointless activities. It’s about organizing people, taming chaos, and following plans to achieve goals. Becoming a successful project manager requires several years of theoretical and practical learning – but it isn’t something impossible.Greg Cimmarrusti
How can I, as a project manager, support your project?
Experience and expertise
In many of the projects I work on my experience is the biggest asset for the organisation. Although each project is different, each is learnt from, and it is with these learnings that my experience comes to the fore.
I’ve worked with a wide range of different website content management systems (CMS), databases, and contact relationship management systems (CRM) through this work I’ve gained expertise in the planning, timing, and delivery of works. When there are multiple priorities to balance, knowing if the chicken should come before the egg can really help.
A network of peers
The digital world moves quickly. Because of this it’s important to be always learning and evolving best practice and the way in which I do things. My strong network of peers supports me in this constant need to learn, and you will gain the benefit of this too.
Time and budget management
For all organisations, not just charities, social enterprises, and NGOs, budget and time are often a guiding factor in what can be done and what gets done. Often, these two factors can be where a project fails, or at least is less successful than hoped. I’ve supported the delivery of multiple digital projects with tight budget and or time constraints. There are often tools or methods that can be used to ensure savings. In all cases there are ways to ensure that projects come in on budget and in time. All of these methods involve good communication.
Many projects fail because of poor communication – the developer didn’t understand what we requested, or the stakeholder envisaged a solution different to the one delivered. In both of those cases, and many others, strong communication helps to mitigate against these risks. Each project will have its difficulty, but by ensuring strong lines of communications these can be discovered early and their impacts reduced.
I just love a plan. With each project I work on, I take a strategic and logic approach to plan the steps to delivery. From stakeholder mapping, understanding the ambition of the project (the problem you’d like to solve), to scheduling work with developers, and ensuring that these are adaptable to new priorities or lessons learned.