𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭
A lot of us love fairy tales. One of the most famous, needless to say is Cinderella. Tragic family at the beginning, suffering from the mobbing by the step mother and sisters, missing opportunity to join the ball in the palace. A dramatical change with the help of fairy godmother, the dance with the prince, the missing glass slipper and a happy ending.
𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭?
Some take-away from my side:
👉 Project #vision plays an important role: If the fairy godmother did not paint a picture of the future to Cinderella, I would bet that she would not take the chance to join the ball.
🪄 Similar to this, as a project manager it is not enough to keep the Quality, Time and Costs under control, but also a project vision and a big picture for your team. A clear and visual communication about the project goal helps to encourage and engage the team to unfold their potential during the whole process.
👉 #resource management: the fairy godmother did not turn something out of nothing. She decided the apply whatever available, e.g. pumpkins to the golden carriage, mice to horses, rat to coachman, to make the most out of what is there already.
🪄 As a project manager you have to have a good overview of the available resource, i.e. the available time, skills and competence, involvement of external partner for consultancy etc. Knowing how to make the most out of the available resources inside of the organisation and how to balance between the integration of external help, you are able to make of the most out of what is available.
👉 #timeboxed is an important success factor in the story: Cinderella were only allowed to spend her time in the palace until 12 o’clock. Even though the time with the prince was limited in the first engage, with an imperfect experience, the prince and Cinderella both understand how to move forward. As the story follows, prince searched for his dream girl, Cinderella met her Mr. Right. And so on.
🪄 We talk about #mvp (minimum viable product) often enough. Same here, make a clear and hard time-cut to finish a mvp, which might not be perfect enough but can trigger a further journey of improvement. Release the product early enough to gain customer feedback, with the cash income to continue with the development of the next better version.
What do you think? Compare to the above mentioned points, what else can you improve your role as a project manager? Feel free to share your thoughts.
Interesting comment from Flàvia
(First published on Linkedin 17.02.2023)