We like plays on words… as you may have figured from reading our posts.
This one involves using the double meaning of “Mind The Gap” – the omnipresent message in The Tube (London’s Underground) and referring to the space between the train and the floor. It also involves a double meaning with respect to “in deed” – we mean to say here that there are some things you can do in “deeds” (actions) to help your projects.
But let’s get our minds back up on ground level first. So we now exit The Tube and come back up on terra firma.
Whatever do we mean by the gap, and what are these deeds?
Here we refer to the communications gap. We refer to the fact that project management is about 80 to 90% communications. So if you have a gap here, your projects will suffer. Recently, PMI relseased their Pulse of the Profession study on communications. It’s entitled, “The High Cost of Low Performance – The Essential Role of Communications” and as of this writing, the document is available for free download (member or not), at this link.
The Deeds, indeed
Since we can provide you with a link to the study we won’t write a long post here. But we do want to give you the context and the relationship to sustainability. After all, EarthPM has thrived based on this intersection. And we thrive because we have helped organizations understand that this is a key intersection.
We draw your attention to one particular part of the study, illustrated with the simple graphic below:
The simple act of frequently communicating the business strategy – which we assert includes sustainability elements – provides a 16% advantage in meeting the projects’ original goals and business intent. 16% for simply connecting your project’s objectives with the objectives of the business. What project manager would not like a power boost like that? And in exchange for something with such low effort and, we would add, something you should be doing anyway!
This is very much in line with one of our most popular posts, “In This Case, Unplugged Is a Bad Thing“, so we suggest you pop back there for a visit if you want a bit more of our take on this topic.
For now, though, we ask you to mind the gap and head over to PMI’s site to read about this simple improvement you can make – at the intersection of sustainability and project management.