When it comes to project management — managing schedules, people, and processes is the name of the game.  But do you know what the most overlooked part of project management is?

It’s the post project perspective – what happens after the project ends – the system goes live or the non-technology changes are implemented.

Execution and delivery shouldn’t be rushed. Quality work shouldn’t be rushed. Don’t immediately go to the next set of deliverables or jump into the next project. Yes, we live in a world of rapid change and innovation. It’s easy for a business to think that jumping from one thing to the next is necessary to remain competitive. Learning and continuous improvement are necessary to remain competitive and successful.  When one set of tasks or deliverables is complete, time is needed to reflect on what went well and why, and what didn’t, prior to moving ahead. This continuous learning cycle helps to contribute to future success.

One way to ensure the likelihood of project success is to introduce an agile project management methodology in your organization.

Agile is a group of methods based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizingcross-functional teams. Agile promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary development and delivery – a time-boxed iterative approach – and encourages rapid and flexible response to change.

You can learn more about an agile project management style here.