Projects are the engine of change in most organisations; however, over and over again badly managed projects are not only the fodder for today’s media, but a major cause of employee dissatisfaction and loss of trust and drops in organisational performance. Project delays, budget overspends and benefit loss are just some of the consequences of poor project management.
Project management skills and knowledge are fundamentals for any truly successful HR professional or manager to master. It combines many key skill areas, such as the ability influence, engage, manage multiple tasks, plan, schedule, understand and mitigate risk, control budgets, manage performance. However, often the “process” takes a lead over the “people” aspect of project management and consistently this is where the majority of project disasters occur. A failure to engage all the stakeholders causes blockages, deliberate sabotage, budget overruns and often complete project failure.