10 Strategies For Better Project Execution (Part 1)

Do you fail to bridge the gaps between strategy and execution? You’re not alone in this struggle. This article will focus on 10 ways to better your organization’s execution to the point of being as close to the strategies as possible.

WHAT IS PROJECT EXECUTION?

First thing first, we need to know what project execution is. Once that project has been initiated and the planning has been processed, it’s time for the execution of the project to start. In the book “Executive: The Discipline of Getting Things Done” by Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy, execution is defined as “a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master to have a competitive advantage. It’s a discipline of its own.”

This is the third phase and also the longest phase of the project life cycle. The purpose of project execution is to complete the work predefined in the project management plan and to accomplish project objectives. There are 3 vital processes involved in the execution: managing people, following processes and communicating with all stakeholders, sponsors and team members.

10 STRATEGIES FOR BETTER PROJECT EXECUTION

We discuss some strategic tips on project execution.

1. Begin with the end in mind. As a project manager, it is crucial to see the bigger picture for your project. In other words, you need clearly defined objectives to align strategy and execution as this will draw out a concise path for you and your team. Executives who fail to define their expected accomplishment will struggle with leading the project.

2. Gain buy-in from your team. The success of a project is teamwork, not individual work. Therefore, the top priority of a project manager is to have clear and concise communication with any individuals involved in the project such as sponsors, other managers and team members. What matters is not having a good vision. It’s about getting your team members work towards your vision. Without thorough communication of the project objectives and expected outcomes, participants may easily feel disengaged from the overall performance of the project.

3. Know yourself better. Project leaders need a set of various skills to manage the project. Along with the trio skill set defined by PMI®, you also need emotional intelligence and self-awareness to have a better understanding of yourself. This can result in your improved performance in leading others. Leaders who fail to understand and manage themselves find it hard to engage others in their work or vision.

4. Build a high performing team. A strong team will be of great support for project leaders. Working with a highly qualified team will make it easier to get the project across the finish line as they can help you with the right strategies, plans or execution. In short, you and your project will be in good hands.

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