It should come as no shock to learn that some organisations are better than others at managing projects. There are probably no organisations that have a 100% success rate, and hopefully none have a 0% success rate. However, some organisations definitely perform at a higher level than others.

There are a number of organisational factors that influence your ability to deliver projects successfully. Your organisation’s culture has a lot to do with the success rate of your projects.

The term “culture” generally means “how we do things around here.” Imagine someone asked you how successfully your organisation delivers projects. If you say “we’re pretty poor at delivering projects,” you are voicing a perception of one aspect of your culture.

There are a number of areas where culture comes into play on projects.

·         Process orientation. Many organisations have good processes in place, and people generally follow them. This is perhaps the biggest single factor in overall project success. If your organisation follows a good, scalable project management process, you are more likely to be consistently successful on your projects. This means that the entire project team generally knows how to create and follow a workplan and can use standard processes to effectively handle risk, scope change and issues.

·         Governance. Many organisations have processes in place, but no one follows them. This highlights a problem with management governance. In simplistic terms, governance is the management function having to do with making sure people do what they are supposed to do. Typically, if your management structure is engaged and interested in projects, and if they make sure that your project management process is followed, you will tend to be more successful. If every project manager is on his or her own and management support is haphazard, then you will tend to be unsuccessful.

·         Training. Some organisations do a poor job of training project managers. Typically, these types of organisations do a poor job of training in general. If project managers generally do not have the right skills (other than from the school of hard knocks) you will not be successful.

·         Roles and responsibilities. In successful organisations, people typically know the role they play on projects and what is expected of them. This includes active sponsors, interested clients and engaged management stakeholders. The sponsor, for instance, needs to perform a quality assurance role, as well as be the project champion in his or her organisation. If your organisation starts projects and leaves the project manager in a leadership vacuum, you are not going to be consistently successful.

Culture plays perhaps the biggest role in whether your organisation is successful executing projects. If your organisation has difficulty completing projects successfully, you cannot just blame the project managers. They are only toiling within a culture that is not supportive of their efforts. Managers, including the head of the organisation, need to step up and evaluate the project culture. Until the culture changes, project managers will consistently struggle to be successful.

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