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Top 3 Digital Project Management Best Practices

By CIOReview | Tuesday, November 3, 2020

There are many digital project management best practices available; in fact, every PM working in the digital space looks like to have their one-of-a-kind list.

FREMONT, CA: There are many digital project management best practices available in the market, and every PM working in the digital space has a unique style. Therefore, knowing which best practices are a personal taste and which ones are a critical path to success can be difficult, so it is essential to consider some of the best practices and discuss them within the global community of digitally-oriented project professionals. 

Here are a few digital project management best practices which can be incorporated into the projects and processes.

Commit to Continuous Improvement

Digital projects traditionally have the advantage of rapid, iterative progress. While the breakneck speed and several moving parts can be overwhelming, this also gives a massive opportunity to learn and enhance at that same pace.

When a company is ending a sprint or as part of the project closure process, invest the time to run a retrospective with the team, and if possible, with the client or sponsor. This will help companies understand how the sprint or project went from several perspectives of those involved in the project. They can then use these insights to adjust their processes and improve the projects in the future.

Choose Project Management Software that Works the Way the Team Works

In a more analog and sequential context, the project management software's primary user is a project manager. But when it comes to digital, project management software is generally much more than that.

Moving way beyond the Gantt charts and resource schedulers, the company's digital toolkit is now the tool where their team manages their tasks, where they log their time, where workflow is automated and governed, where the client can view a real-time dashboard and get involved in the conversation, and where several other tools integrate into to provide a full picture.

Build Trust with Transparency

A company's project sponsor or client might not completely understand all the technical components and risks of the project, and they may be relying on you to be a beacon of confidence, but they aren't dumb.

While it may be tempting to use jargon and twisted versions of the truth to obfuscate issues and avoid uncomfortable situations in the short-term, the long-term wins that will truly boost a career trajectory are rooted in the relationships and the trust that a company builds by navigating the tough stuff together.