I was talking to a colleague earlier this week about the trials and tribulations he’s faced during the pandemic balancing work with home schooling. To relieve pressure, he’s been collaborating with other parents, taking it in turns to run virtual lessons for the children.
It got me thinking about how COVID-19 has forced us all to look at new ways of doing things – and how collaboration remains as critically important as ever. Take how major pharmaceuticals companies are working together to identify a vaccine at speed. Look at how organisations worked together to realise Project Nightingale.
Of course, this isn’t exactly a lightbulb moment. For years, collaboration has been held aloft as a potential cure for all manner of organisational challenges, including project performance. The Project Management Institute (PMI) says that both experienced and new project managers can improve their effectiveness and results by becoming more collaborative.
But while that’s great in theory, how can you make sure collaboration is happening in practice? Collaboration is rarely distilled into tangible steps in traditional project management methodologies – these tend to focus far more on the process and governance.
At KPMG, we’ve developed our own approach based on our experience working with organisations across every sector. Here are our five steps for how project, programme and portfolio management professionals can help ensure successful collaboration.