Technological Change Brings New Challenges and Opportunities for Project Management
Digitization is about much more than just introducing tools and technologies. The focus is on the sustainable implementation of the digital transformation to ensure long-term success. Change management is necessary to create a culture of digital transformation. Project management methodology and principles need to be adapted so that they are aligned with projects and the business. Collaboration between individual employees, entire teams, and locations facilitates connection and cross-functional teamwork within the company.
Successful Digital Transformation through Project Management and Project Control
Digital transformation is a change process that affects the entire corporate world. The aim is to create a culture of digitization. This requires a collaborative process involving employees, managers, and executives.
It includes elements such as awareness-raising, upskilling, and coaching measures.
To increase the visibility and speed of implementation during the digital transformation, an approach that has proven successful is to select a subdivision of the company that will be the first to undergo the digital transformation. With the goal of increasing efficiency, MVPs are used to achieve quick wins and create tangible added value (Mini-Factory, Innovation LAB).
The transformation also brings changes in the demands placed on employees. Advanced training helps improve their methodological, professional, and personal qualifications.
Companies must ensure that communication takes place across teams in order to increase the efficiency of internal communication and thus promote collaboration. In this context, a cross-functional organizational structure helps promote collaboration between employees and teams. Deploying collaboration software allows employees from different departments to communicate with each other in real time and interact across teams.
Agile or Traditional Project Management Methods? Or a Hybrid Approach?
Which project management method is right for your company’s unique digitization initiative? Traditional project management methods are suitable for projects with clear requirements and tasks or for managing the whole project. The greater the flexibility required of the project team and the greater the potential for uncertainty, the more suitable agile project management is. Both approaches have their place in corresponding projects, but a combination in the form of hybrid project management can also be useful in order to combine the advantages of the two methods.