When working on a complex project with many collaborators I’ve found it is vital to promptly identify areas of the project that will require a more intricate solution. Whether it be a large business-related hurdle or a smaller technical one, I gather my resources and execute a solution swiftly.
- I am able to discover roadblocks - By knowing every detail of the scope and objectives of the project. Once my team and I map out the strategy and have an end-to-end plan, roadblocks become clear. For example, unavailable resources, third party technology required, other team deadlines or even personal roadblocks like who is passionate about the project and who isn’t.
- I can effectively identify complex project areas - By working closely with my team and encouraging open lines of communication. Initially I meet with the team and encourage everyone to voice elements of the project they think will be challenging or complex. Once issues are highlighted I will schedule a problem solving session, so that I know what is required.
- I problem solve areas of complexity - by always consulting the team, encouraging collaboration and reassessing strategy when necessary. Once the most effective solution is decided upon, I make it happen within scope and with the resources available.
These skills result in projects delivered efficiently without railroading scope or timeline.
Project Case Study
Project - 7travel was a new e-commerce venture for Seven West Media. The 7travel website promoted travel packages and used vibrant location imagery and marketing material to engage the user.
Project Management Challenge - Throughout the project, we were dealing with an unrealistic timeline tied to a TV advertisement scheduled to promote the website launch. We were pushed to deliver three weeks before our original launch deadline.
Identify roadblocks and define the best way forward - After initial project meetings and reviewing the scope, I knew very early on we would not be able to produce the quality of the website required. I directed a team problem solving session, in which we prioritized mandatory content for the MVP site and what could be added later in stages to meet all the client’s needs.
I needed to have some hard conversations with the client outlining what was possible. I explained the development complexities of each section and we were able to come up with a compromised agreement. The ‘nice to have’ elements that were the least important to the user were left to post launch. As these compromises were agreed upon and made early on in the process it meant we could still produce a complex website at a very high standard in a reduced timeframe.