In the meantime, we have put together a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to improve your project delivery times.
A business is only ever as good as the people who operate it, so getting the right members of staff on board is the first critical step towards delivering your projects quickly and effectively. Take a look at your recruitment processes. Are you confident that they are sufficiently well designed to ensure that you always get the right people? Can your existing staff bear with this?
Consider whether you could benefit from working with professional recruitment consultants; they are not right for every organisation, but if you are struggling to identify the right people, they could help you make better choices.
Once you have the right people in place, the next key step is to streamline your processes. Clear and easy-to-understand processes that your whole team buys into will result in jobs getting completed quickly, efficiently, and with minimal chance of error. A successful business will continually review its processes in every part of the organisation, to ensure that they meet its inevitably changing needs.
With the right people and the right processes in place, you are well on the way to running a very efficient business. Of course, if those ‘right people’ don’t fully understand those ‘right processes’, you will run into all sorts of trouble. Training is absolutely essential to the health of a business. Too many employers forget this point and allow good, talented employees to stagnate.
You should always be looking for ways to improve your staff, teach them new skills, and give them a better understanding of how the business works. The result will be more efficient, project delivery times and more happier, loyal staff who will stick around for longer, thus increasing your long-term efficiency as well.
Giving people the right physical tools to do their job is just as important as training them in how to use them. This applies to office workers,as it does to craftsmen and labourers. Your IT strategy should ensure that all members of your team have access to the appropriate level of both equipment and support to do their jobs properly. If you fail to do so, your projects will grind to a halt.
An often overlooked, but extremely important part of maintaining efficiency within an organisation is the working environment. If your employees are content and feel supported, they will work harder and smarter. Encouraging a collaborative environment is a particularly successful strategy. Collaboration helps you to get the best out of your team and also limits the chances of a project getting derailed,just because one individual has dropped the ball.