Once there was a guy, called Henry. He was the proud owner of a successful small business. He was passionate about his golf academy as this related to his keen interest in golf. He appointed some coaches to supply golf training to clients. This business gave him the excuse to spend as much time on the golf course as he wanted. He had many ideas for new systems, products and packages that he wanted to implement at the golf academy to ensure business growth. However, he didn’t use a systematic approach to implement each of these ideas.
One day he decided that it’s time to put in that new system, but he had no idea what to budget for the roll-out of the system from beginning to end. He had no idea of the effort and resources required to deploy the system and therefore he didn’t have an end date for when this should all be done. He had dived right in and got started, because that’s the way he was used to doing business and getting things done.
The fact that the system implementation took 3 months longer than anticipated didn’t bother him at first, but the associated costs and lack of adequate resources gave him a huge shock. His ideas for new products and additional golf lesson packages were dependant on the new system being installed. For the first time he realised that he was trying to do all of this without a proper business strategy and vision, without a proper plan and without hiring the right people to assist him with the work. He hasn’t heard of the term Project Management, but he realised that he needed a process and quickly!
Another guy, called Steven, also had a small business which he was very passionate about. He owned a Marketing and Design Company that specialised in helping small and medium-sized, entrepreneurial businesses get the most of their marketing budget.
He believed in having a vision, a business strategy to guide business growth and in objectives to reach the strategic goals. He made a point of doing quarterly planning which usually helped him to identify at least two new business projects. To him Project Management was no enemy, but the way to get results fast.
Each project was planned properly, budgeted for, with adequate time and resources allocated to it. By applying basic Project Management principles and a simple process, he managed to complete the projects successfully within 6 months. This resulted in a steady business growth pattern and before long Steven was honoured as national business man of the year. Most of his success he attributed to the fact that he used project management and sound business principles, which he embraced as his key business tools to ensure growth and success!
The biggest mistake in business is not following a plan to reach specific goals. If you are like Henry at a loss of how to approach Project Management in your business, why not start at the beginning. Follow a simple Project Management approach that will give you the framework to do business projects and get the results you wanted.