Innovative Project Management Techniques for Increased Efficiency and Cost Savings

Apr 2 2022
6 min
The Energer Team

In today's fast-paced business world, project management techniques play a critical role in achieving successful project outcomes. Traditional project management techniques have been used for many years to deliver projects on time, on budget, and with quality results. However, with technological advancements, ever changing post Covid work environment, and changing market trends, new PM techniques are emerging to provide innovative and different solutions for better outcomes.

Innovative project management techniques are being developed to increase efficiency and lower costs. The use of automation tools, artificial intelligence, and machine learning has enabled project managers to optimize project timelines, manage risks, and reduce errors. We at Energer offer great tools for automated project management dashboards and insights, there is a lot of promise with the advent of AI/ML in this space. Imagine a network building/schedule creation meeting where you describe what you want to build/do and AI generates all the project tasks needed to deliver the objective.

In terms of project delivery, project execution frameworks such as Agile and Lean have been widely adopted to increase efficiency and reduce waste.

Agile project management techniques involve breaking down a project into smaller, manageable chunks called sprints. The sprint process allows for continuous feedback, collaboration, and the ability to pivot when necessary. This approach increases efficiency by reducing the time required to complete a project while maintaining quality results.

Lean project management techniques focus on reducing waste and increasing efficiency. The process involves identifying processes that do not add value and eliminating them. This approach increases efficiency by streamlining processes and reducing the time required to complete projects.

Another innovative project management technique is the use of predictive analytics. Predictive analytics uses data analytics and machine learning to predict project outcomes. By analyzing past projects and identifying patterns, project managers can forecast potential risks and opportunities for future projects. This approach allows for better decision-making, increased efficiency, and lower costs.

Design thinking is another novel approach that focuses on a human-centered approach to problem-solving. It involves empathy for the user, creative brainstorming, rapid prototyping, and continuous testing and iteration. It helps project managers understand the needs and wants of the end-user, and to create solutions that are not just functional, but also intuitive and enjoyable to use. It emphasizes collaboration and open-mindedness, encouraging team members to work together to come up with new ideas and approaches. One of the key benefits of design thinking is that it helps project managers to avoid assumptions and biases, by focusing on real user feedback and data.

Here's a list of few innovative project execution techniques

  1. Agile project management:
    Agile methodologies prioritize adaptability and collaboration over strict planning and hierarchy. Agile project management encourages continuous improvement and feedback loops to optimize processes and enhance team performance over time.
  2. Lean project management:
    Lean focuses on minimizing waste and maximizing value by continuously improving processes. Utilizing the lean approach can result in increased efficiency and productivity, as well as a greater focus on delivering value to customers.
  3. Design thinking:
    This approach emphasizes empathy and user-centered problem solving to deliver creative solutions. Design thinking encourages experimentation and iteration, allowing teams to test and refine their ideas until they find the best possible solution.
  4. Six Sigma:
    Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to process improvement that aims to minimize defects and variability. It uses statistical analysis to identify areas of improvement and make data-driven decisions to optimize processes.
  5. Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM):
    CCPM is a method that focuses on resource management and avoiding multitasking to increase efficiency. It also places an emphasis on identifying and managing project constraints to ensure timely project completion.
  6. Extreme Project Management (XPM):
    XPM is a highly flexible and adaptive approach that emphasizes communication, creativity, and risk management. It encourages rapid prototyping and experimentation to quickly identify potential issues and solutions.
  7. Scrum:
    Scrum is an agile methodology that emphasizes teamwork, collaboration, and rapid iteration. Scrum uses short, focused sprints to deliver incremental value, allowing for rapid feedback and continuous improvement.
  8. Kanban:
    Kanban is a visual project management tool that helps teams manage work in progress and prioritize tasks, emphasizing continuous delivery and flow of work to enable teams to identify bottlenecks and optimize their processes.
  9. The Theory of Constraints:
    The Theory of Constraints approach offers a systematic way to identify and resolve bottlenecks in the project workflow, helping teams to optimize processes and improve project delivery.
  10. Rapid Application Development (RAD):
    RAD is an agile software development approach that emphasizes rapid prototyping and iteration. RAD is particularly useful for projects with fast-changing requirements or tight timelines, as it allows teams to quickly build and test working prototypes.
  11. Predictive analytics:
    This is an innovative project management technique that involves the use of data, statistical algorithms, and machine learning techniques to identify the likelihood of future outcomes based on historical data. Predictive analytics can also help identify patterns and trends in project data, allowing project managers to make data-driven decisions and improve project outcomes.

Energers tools combine some of the best practices and innovative project management techniques like Critical Chain, Agile, Theory of constraints, predictive analytics into one easy to use project management tool. It does all of these complex and time-consuming tasks "under the hood" so you can focus on your project's core objectives and deliverables.

In conclusion, new and innovative project management techniques are emerging to provide better outcomes, increased efficiency, and lower costs. The use of automation tools, artificial intelligence, Agile, Lean, and predictive analytics are just a few examples of PM techniques that can be used to optimize project outcomes. By adopting these new techniques, PMs can streamline processes, reduce inefficiencies, and deliver successful projects on time, on budget, and with quality results.

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