Everyone wants to check off items from their list. But, only a few of them end up doing so.
But, have you ever asked why that?
Well, there might be many factors. But project management is definitely one of them.
Okay… So how we do know that?
Data tells us that!
Did you know? 80% of the top-performing organizations practice project management.
There is no doubt that Project Management is one of the most useful methods to reduce workload, increase productivity, and save time.
That being said, let’s move toward discussing some project management tools and techniques that will help you amp up the productivity and the overall progress of your project.
5 Effective Project Management Methods:
Traditional Project Management:
Traditional project management refers to the age-old practices that are used to complete projects. In this section, we are going to talk about the Waterfall method and the Critical Path Method.
Let’s look at the first one
The Waterfall Model:
In this method, tasks are completed in chronological order. It is like working in a step-by-step manner on the project till the very end. It might be the best method to go with under some circumstances. However, the waterfall method is said to consume more time than other Project Management methods.
Remember, as a project manager, your task is to stay level-headed and not discard or disregard any project management method because it has its own set of drawbacks. So rather than completely disregarding the development method, consider using it for a specific type of task that requires the waterfall method.
For example, if you are working on a simple project that does not have very complex requirements. Instead, it has clear and strict guidelines, then you may find the waterfall method to be the best in this case.
That’s because the waterfall method helps executives work on clear guidelines and ensure timely delivery without compromising on quality. But, remember that this is only for simple tasks that do not have many complications.
You can see one of the best examples of this model in the blog post that covers the process of building a web app. If that work model is followed in chronological order, it’ll be called a waterfall model.
The Critical Path Model:
The critical path method is like a formula that is used to schedule the tasks of a project. So if you are scheduling them correctly, then the chances of completing your projects o time are higher and vice versa. The same goes for the quality of the project.
For example, your project can be broken down into 10 tasks. Now, the critical path method will allow you to lay out every task of the project and calculate it across a period. Then set deadlines accordingly and you are good to go.
The critical Path method is useful for managing complicated projects. Such projects have tight deadlines and complex details where every detail requires extra attention and effort.
Agile Project Management
Agile project management involves iteration as a way to ensure quality. The agile method project management method is now replacing the traditional approach because of its structured and iterative approach to project development.
Agile Project Development Model:
The agile project development model draws a lifecycle of development. It is a single cycle that is interested 3 times to ensure quality. It starts with planning, then implementation, then feedback, improvisation, and the cycle repeats.
Agile project management increases the team’s adaptability and helps them easily adjust according to the change. In addition to that, it helps teams take control of the tasks assigned which thereby increases the chances of timely delivery.
But it’s fair to say that every project management model has its fair share of pros and cons – and the agile model’s case is no different.
See what project management flaws are caused by Agile work model and how DevOps solves those problems.
The Scrum Model:
The scrum framework or model is all about enhancing the speed of project development. There’s a similar concept in application development called Rapid Application Development or RAD.
What it does is that it speeds up the application’s development process and bills it down to 30 days. This means that an application gets developed in 30das at max. However, this model is only effective for simple applications, not complex ones.
Similarly, the Scrum framework is all about speeding up the project development process. It reeks own the projects into tasks and assigs a fixed-length interval that is called sprints.
Kanban is a visual board that contains a list of tasks. It is said to be one of the most effective ways to move tasks from your backlog straight to the list of tasks completed. However, it is worth noting that the Kanban model stands out from other project management techniques because it doesn’t set any deadlines.