Does this look familiar? I think everyone I know plays the game of "get ALL the toothpaste out of the tube!" That toothpaste probably cost us about $2.50 and we aren't going to throw it away until we know we've gotten every last drop of toothpaste out of it.
Why then, do organizations not treat projects like we treat toothpaste? Projects cost organizations $10,000 or $50,000 or $250,000 or a $1 million. Certainly more than the cost of a tube of toothpaste.
Regardless of industry or company, I always hear about the projects which didn't stay on track or Does Project Management provide any value to the organization? The team was pulled to a competing priority or vendors didn't stay on track or our estimates weren't very good. Listen, I know not every project is going to be perfect. I know there are going to be times when we as humans make mistakes. But, what I don't understand is how organizations don't commit to "getting everything out of the tube" when it comes to Project Management.
The Pulse of the Profession from PMI provides us clear data year after year on the success of project delivery:
When organizations place the burden of project success solely on the shoulders of the Project Manager they are setting themselves up for failure. Sure, great PMs will get some projects successfully across the finish line but not consistently. We need to help organizations understand that there is tremendous ROI when the organization executes projects with an Organizational Project Management mindset.
Look at your organization, how much did you spend on projects this year? What percentage of your resources, people and financial, were allocated to projects? What return did you get from those projects? Do you even know the answers to these questions?
If you are going to pull every last ounce of toothpaste out of that $2.50 tube of toothpaste don't you owe it to your organization to be as dedicated to Project Management? Challenge yourselves to see what you can be doing better to get more from your Leaders, your Teams, your Vendors, and of course your Project Managers