Saturday, September 12, 2020

The business of projects is Business



The business of projects is Business. Don't believe it? Don't understand it?
  • If the customer is not satisfied, they may not want to pay.
  • If they are not successful, they cannot pay.
  • If they are not more successful than they already were, why should they [pay]?
Niels Malotaux
Paraphrased a bit

Now, let's say your project doesn't directly touch the external customers. Maybe you're doing a project for the HR department, or maybe you're upgrading the painting process for something your business manufacturers. Does Niels' little ditty still apply?

Perhaps this rewrite will make the point:
  • If the project's sponsor is not satisfied, they may not want to trust you with resources again
  • If they are not successful, they cannot help you be successful
  • If they are not more successful than they already were, who needs you?
Consequently, can you say you were consequential to business success? If not for you as the PM, would there be a successful project, or as successful a project? Did you really add enough value to pass through the gates I described just above?

Truly, let's hope so!




 

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