A culture of improvement paired with an enterprise project management tool leads to success
A significant challenge for project managers is wait time: waiting for updates on project tasks, waiting for management to review and give feedback for a project, endless meetings about projects. Not only does the wait time slow down the improvement process, the frustration of project managers over wasted time has lead to rapid turnover is many companies. An enterprise project management software can address these problems.
Central location for all ideas
The project management software can act as a repository of all ideas small and large. Better yet, these ideas can be scored based on company objectives, feasibility of the idea, ultimate outcome projections - automatically! Once company objective parameters are set up, ideas can be categorized and prioritized easily and efficiently. An idea pipeline can be maintained. There is no need for multiple spreadsheets, worksheets, different people keeping track of different ideas on different computer hard drives. A centralized location, accessible by all parties involved, streamlines ideation and puts the process of idea gathering and scoring on autopilot.
Automate updates to authors and project managers
Because all players have access to the enterprise project management software, project managers and management can review and task project ideas. The authors of these ideas can receive automatic emails every time a new update has been made to their project. This way, authors can keep track of which projects are getting the most traction, allocate their time accordingly, and prep for the task at hand .
Management Feedback becomes automated
Finally, a project manager doesn't have to wait for management to meet with them for feedback. Management can review and comment, in real-time on a project and the project manager does not have to chase management for their input. It's all done in the enterprise management software. No more endless meetings, committees, or feedback delays. A project manager can easily see what management wants and act on the task without leaving their desk.
Keep all stakeholders informed
Rather than sending all parties a spreadsheet they need to mull through, the enterprise management software is accessible by everyone who is involved with a particular project - from the project manager to the people assigned to do tasks for the improvement project to the CEO of the company. All stakeholders are continuously informed, without having to exert any additional effort. It's automatic.
Project managers know that the actual process of implementing the project can, in itself, be frustratingly inefficient. So many companies struggle with process improvement because of so many factors. Companies strive to find the balance needed to cleanly and efficiently implement their projects.
Streamlining process improvement is a dream for many project managers. To do this, a company culture that encourages innovative ideation, management that is 100% behind process improvement, and a robust enterprise management software implementation to manage the minutiae of all ideas, tasks and projects are the keys that will ultimately unlock the door to putting process improvement on autopilot.