Why everyone can benefit from learning project thinking
During product development, we can often meet people telling about project thinking. What is it and what benefits it can bring to the team? Let's consider this term.
Project thinking or creative thinking means treating everything as a project, seeing the problem in the processes, and finding the best solutions, taking into account resources and time.
A project is a temporary enterprise aimed at creating a unique product, service of decent quality within a limited time with limited resources.
- Result-oriented. Can make an exact result from the idea without concentrating on the process.
- Free. Since he focuses on the result, he is entirely free to choose different ways to achieve this result. He is not forced to follow the traditional path.
The project management methodology allows you to get a result from an idea in the shortest possible time and with minimal budget costs. That is, having learned universal project management, you will be able to implement any of your ideas. Isn't that wonderful?
All entrepreneurs and directors of companies are project managers, only on a large scale. But the same project management techniques can be applied on a small scale, for example: organizing your working day or educational project as efficiently as possible.
The use of project methodologies certainly simplifies management. But it's important to use it as an ideology or a set of principles, not to follow any method rigidly, but to adapt to conditions and tasks continually.
All our activities are divided into:
Operational activity is a permanent type of activity with a slightly changing composition of performers; its result is repeated, i.e., is not unique.
Examples of operating activities:
- support service
- reading articles
- studying new things and features
Project activity is a way to achieve a goal through a detailed development of a problem in conditions of limited time and resources, which should end with a well-defined practical result, formalized in one way or another.
Examples of project activities are:
- organization of the conference
- designing a new product
- service development
The key difference between project activities is the uniqueness of the result, time constraints, and risks. The composition of the team is usually formed for each project individually, as opposed to operational activities.
To develop project thinking, you need to manage projects of different complexity. Move from simple problems to more complex ones - with stages, delegation, and changing conditions.
There are four stages in project thinking:
- See the problem
- Think over the result
- Understand what resources will be required to achieve it and calculate the time
- Plan and act
Initiation. A project is born from an idea, which in turn solves a specific problem. First, you need to understand if there is a real problem that you want to solve, and then you need to formulate it. The problem can be- poor service, low quality of services, lack of inclusiveness, etc.
After formulating the problem, it is time for goal setting. You should have a clear vision of what result you want to get.
Planning. At this stage, you plan the activities to achieve the project’s goal, the requirements, select the project executing methods, set the deadlines, etc.
Executing. And the project begins. It is the most interesting, responsible, and challenging part of the task.
Control and monitoring. At this stage, you collect feedback on the project you created, analyze it, and make adjustments.
Closing. You sum up the project results, prepare reports, and package the project for further action.
Thus, it will be beneficial for everyone to learn project thinking and manage projects at work and in everyday life. With this approach, you can realize any idea even if you think it’s not possible at first sight. To learn this skill, first of all, you need to study the theory and methodology of project management and then try knowledge in practice, gaining experience.