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The Key Pillars of Successful Transformation Project Management

Talking about transformation, means talking about a future that is different than today. There are probably many projects that will need to be managed to bridge that gap, too many to all start at once and many options to choose from to move forward... In this dynamic realm of transformational project management, success is clearly not measured by meeting deadlines and goes beyond budgetting; it's about prioritization, creating ownership within teams and individuals, and tracking progress. These three pillars stand at the core of any project, or business for that matter, and are the distinguishing factor between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Let's delve into how these practices are pivotal in achieving goals effectively and efficiently.

Prioritization: The Art of Saying "Yes" and "No"

At the heart of effective project management is the ability to prioritize initiatives to focus on. In a world where resources are finite and time is of the essence, discerning what to work on—and, equally important, what not to—is a critical skill. Successful managers understand that not all activities are vital to the success of the business, some can be eliminated or put on hold. while others need our full attention. This prioritization ensures that the team's efforts are concentrated on the activities that drive the business forward. By using tools and methodologies, business managers can classify their projects based on their effort and impact, guiding the company towards its goals.

Human-centered: Creating Opportunities for Engagement

Another cornerstone of successful project management is the creation of human-centered approach, creating opportunities for employees to meaningfully engage. When employees feel connected to a project and believe in its value, their motivation and involvement will soar. Successful managers go beyond assigning tasks; they involve their teams in the process of vision creation and alignment, encourage ownership on how to move forward, and provide the resources and support needed for success. This approach not only leverages the diverse skills and perspectives within a company or a team but also fosters a sense of accomplishment and belonging among the team members. Engaged employees are more likely to go the extra mile, not because they have to, but because they want to, bringing innovative solutions and a higher quality to the project and the business.

Managing Progress: Keeping the Momentum Going

The final pillar of successful project management is the management of progress. This involves setting clear roles and responsibilities and regularly monitoring the advancement on the promised activities to move forward towards the, intermediate, goals. Effective project managers establish a system for tracking progress, often using software, however a simple tool showing what activities need to be done, who is responsible for each of these, when they should be started and ended and what the result should be, is enough to get this started. This transparency ensures that deviations from the plan are quickly identified and addressed, keeping the project on track. Regular check-ins and progress reviews with the team also help to maintain momentum, address challenges proactively, and celebrate achievements, keeping the team motivated and focused.


The essence of successful business management lies in strategic prioritization, human-cetered approach, and the management of progress. By mastering these three pillars, managers can navigate the complexities of any business, project or activity, ensuring not just its completion, but its success. As the business landscape continues to evolve, these principles remain timeless, guiding projects to their successful culmination.