No company exists in a vacuum. Markets are dynamic and consumer demands are changing. For companies to survive, they need to be nimble enough to adapt to any changes that could affect business. The problem is that most companies are extremely static and creating a company culture where adaptability is not only accepted, but eagerly adopted by employees is difficult. When evaluating the success of a single project, a program, or a whole project portfolio, consider how well your teams were able to accept and promote change. Most people by their nature don’t like change, so if your teams or employees were able to overcome this dislike in the execution of a project, you’ve already produced a favorable outcome whether the project is finished on time or even at all. The skill to adapt plans will continue to serve your company in the future and will help you stay ahead of competitors. To determine how well adaptability was achieved, ask yourself these questions:
- Did my team(s) identify changes needed to keep the company working toward our strategic goals?
- Did my team consider how to best respond to changes with improved plans?
- Were proposed changes adopted by all team members?