Are Your Projects Failing Unnecessarily?
Just because something worked with one team doesn't mean it will work with this team. Projects are driven by a set of processes rather than a project-specific framework.
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Managing a project from start to finish can be very challenging. As well as keeping an eye on the over goals, project managers have to race against time, keep everything within budget, ensure all parts fit together, and, perhaps the most challenging aspect, manage people. Project management requires a wide range of skills, and quite often, companies outsource project management to expert consulting agencies to ensure a project is successful.
Because of this drive for results, project managers can have a limited way of thinking. They often have a set of processes that have delivered results in the past on a different project with another team. Using traditional techniques can often lead to project failure. Just because something worked once doesn't mean it will work again. Just because something worked with one team doesn't mean it will work with this team. Projects are therefore driven and pushed by a set of processes rather than a project-specific framework.
Arguably, this is a relatively backward way of working. Project managers generally use a series of standard practices and processes to bring a project to a conclusion. They force themselves and other team members to work in conjunction with these often outdated frameworks. However, a new way of thinking is emerging, bringing a unique management style that places the team members at the center of the project, creating structures and processes that work around them rather than the other way around.
The Half Double Methodology
This new way of thinking is the brainchild of industry experts and academics who created the non-profit Half Double Institute. The Institute was created after business experts found that old methods yielded old results and concluded that there must be a better way of doing things. The experts teamed up with academics from Aarhus University, The Technical University of Denmark, and the Danish Industry Foundation to create Project Half Double. This method of project management and style of leadership encourages managers to place people at the forefront rather than processes.
Often the most significant assets a business has are its people. And yet, many businesses make the mistake of forcing talented individuals to fit themselves around existing structures. This effectively kills any creativity and genius. The Half Double approach is a flexible framework that can be adapted to suit a business's needs allowing any company to make the most out of its talent. The new way of thinking can help enterprises to complete projects in half the time but with double the impact.
What is the Half Double Approach?
The Half Double approach focuses on 3 core principles that help drive any project towards success: Impact, Flow, and Leadership.
Many projects can end up feeling isolated from the central business functions. Those involved in the project often think about the project goal and fail to see how the project can impact the business. The Half Double approach helps to bring this larger goal into view. By ensuring everyone can see and understand the project's impact, people are more focusses, more aware of external factors, and have a greater understanding of the importance of their role.
The Half Double approach also looks at the overall flow of the project. New technology has sped up the business world. Using old techniques can end up being very start-stop, and different elements of the project can feel disjointed or disconnected from the rest of the project. By looking at the overall flow of work, how different teams interact, setting up a realistic timeline, and ensuring communication is sufficient, the Half Double approach ensures the project is cohesive.
The final crucial focus of the Half Double approach is to provide support for the project manager. Leadership can be difficult when juggling multiple team members, and often leaders are pressured into behaving a certain way to get results. The Half Double approach proves teaching and support so that project leaders can get the best out of each individual working on the project. One system generally doesn't work for everyone, so leaders have to be flexible in their management style. The Half Double institute teaches project managers to embrace the uncertainty of human behavior, not fight it.
Does It Actually Work?
Some business leaders would argue that traditional approaches are still sued to this day because they work. The phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" may spring to mind. But in reality, do old-fashioned approaches work in the modern business world. In some sectors, yes, but in most, no, not anymore. Studies conducted by the Institute suggest that in reality on 30% of projects are a success. Depending on the sector, this number can fall even more.
However, after adopting the new Half Double approach, the average chance of a project succeeding jumps to around 70%. The method has been tried and tested with several businesses and professionals to ensure it works universally across multiple sectors and can be adapted to suit large or small teams. As well as increasing the chances of success, some projects are actually completed in half the expected time.
The Half Double approach has been proven to be a success, and the team continues to innovate and adapt to new changes across the business sectors to ensure the Half Double approach continues to be an effective management style in the future. So long as people play a crucial part in a company's success, the Half Double methodology will continue to help drive project success, adding value to businesses as they grow.
If you are interested in learning more about the Half Double approach, you can visit their website. The Institute offers online courses and learning seminars. Using the Half Double approach is not like hiring a consultant to help deliver one project. It is a chance to adopt a new way of thinking and a new way of approaching future projects. With a new way of thinking, your business can be ready to react to change and proactively create value even rather than relying on outdated, old-fashioned project management process, which fails more often than not. Half Double is more than a management style. It's a way of thinking.
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