Transparency is critical in project management

The old adage, knowledge is power, couldn’t be more true than when it applies to managing and controlling projects. The more knowledge known about the status of the project, the easier it is to make a decision and the more likely the project will stay on track. Issues often arise when transparency is lacking.

At Management Solutions, transparency is one of the core values that we consider mission critical. It’s an important part of our culture and a behavior that we expect our leadership to model by example.  If a company’s leadership is asking its staff to place a high value on transparency and ethics, its leaders need to walk the walk.  It also means avoiding the temptation to shoot the messenger who delivers bad news.

Here’s an all-too-familiar example of what can happen when transparency isn’t followed on a project. A project leader discovers that they’re running behind on schedule and costs are creeping up a little more than he expected. He chooses to scoot the issues under the rug for now because in good faith, he thinks they can make up the time and control the costs along the way. So he continues to hide the issues, then, they get to the end and there’s no contingency and the project is at risk.  

How could this have been avoided? Transparency.  transparency

On a project, it’s always best to be proactive, rather than reactive. As soon as we identify anything that may
cause a delay or cost variance on a project, we pull the team together, while we have time to mitigate it.  To help with this, we’ve also developed some predictive indicators that track the run rate and where we are related to the schedule. By using these tools and creating a culture of transparency, you’re able to tackle issues early on as a team, saving the project time and money.

Most people are understanding if you speak up early and admit a mistake, but few have patience for those who try to cover up and hide mistakes. Your decisions and actions speak volumes to your character and your ethical standards.

For other tips on create an ethical environment in your workplace, check out this month’s VIEW below. Each month we strive to provide you useful information for your project team and overall organization. If there’s a topic you’d like us to address, please let us know by reaching out to us at: info@managementsolutionsllc.com

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