When you are planning and executing projects in business, it's vital that you are able to measure their success. You need to know whether the money that you invested in the project was put to good use.
Unfortunately, many businesses don't know how to tell whether the project is a success or not, and this can lead to a lot of waste in the future. So, how can you tell if a project is successful or not?
Before you start a project, you need to have clear goals in place. This gives you a clear metric to measure the project by at the end. If you are not particularly good at setting goals, you should invest in OKR training for your team. OKR (objectives and key results) is a strategy that helps you create clearly defined, specific goals. At the end of the project, you can look back over your goals and see how many of them you reached.
Timescales are so important when planning a project, and so is your budget. If you spend too long on projects and pour endless amounts of money into them, they won't benefit your business. So, when you complete a project on time and under budget, it's a clear sign that the project has been successful. You can take this as an indication that your processes and procedures are working well and your team has an optimised workflow. However, if you're constantly going over budget or finishing projects late, something needs to change.
It doesn't matter how much money you spend, or whether you reach all of your goals. If the customer isn't satisfied with the product, service, or result they are not going to be happy about it. The simplest way to find out if customers are satisfied is to ask them. You can do this through surveys or by contacting people who have used the product or service. If you are getting positive remarks from customers, it's a good sign that the project has been successful. This doesn't just apply to projects to develop new products and services, you can also measure customer satisfaction when making internal changes that are designed to improve productivity.
The purpose of the project is to create an outcome that benefits your organisation. If you achieve this, you can measure it by looking at your profits after the project has finished. This won't always be possible straight away, but if you are seeing increased profits six months or a year down the line, it's a sign that the project was a success. What you need to do next is look at why your profits increased and what worked well. You can then use this information to inform future projects that you undertake.
By measuring the success of your projects, you can work out what you're doing right and where you need to make improvements, so future projects are always more successful.