The proper sequencing of tasks is an important part of a healthy project lifecycle. It makes a huge difference in your end result and leads to more efficiency.
Without proper process, projects “fracture, tasks duplicate, and planning becomes reactive creating inefficiency and frustration in the team.” – Digital Project Manager
Here’s why sequencing is so important to your business:
Sequencing Lets You Account For Everything
With proper process and task sequencing, you’re less likely to skip steps.
“…it ensures the right people do the right things, at the right time – it ensures proper project process is followed throughout the project lifecycle.” – Digital Project Manager
Having an overview of your project will help you make sure you don’t leave anything out. It will also allow you to make sure you’re on track and hitting your goal targets along the way.
Every project has objectives and proper sequencing helps you meet them.
Sequencing Helps You Focus On What Matters & Plan For Setbacks
Some objectives matter more than others. Sequencing helps you plan your project and plan for setbacks.
“Surprisingly, many large and well-known companies have reactive planning processes. But reactivity – as opposed to proactivity – can often cause projects to go into survival mode. Proper planning and process can make a massive difference as the team knows who’s doing what, when, and how.” – Digital Project Manager
Being able to place emphasis on certain parts of the project lifecycle is a benefit of proper sequencing.
Sequencing Leads To Faster Learning
A good training model will have a set of steps or lessons that need to take place. These training tools, modules and tasks require a certain order of learning. This is because each lesson sets up the next.
“Investing in good training sets your employees up for success and quicker learning. Having a program or method to train…makes it easier to track progress and put the focus where it is most needed.” – COO Alliance Blog
So the proper sequence in training can make all the difference when you’re trying to speed up the learning curve with your employees.
Sequencing Lets You Plan For Downtime & Setbacks
Sometimes you just have to wait.
Hurry up and wait is a humorous phrase that typically describes a situation where you have to rush to do something on time, only to have to wait for the next phase to begin.
An example of this would be if a client wants a report done ASAP, but once it’s complete, they take weeks to review it.
Knowing the sequence of your tasks takes into account this tedious aspect of business. If you already know there will be a lull in between project stages, you can plan accordingly.
Rather than waste the opportunity, you can plan to spend downtime working on aspects of the project that might need a second look.
From fitness to finance, in every industry, sequencing matters. Numbers, steps and stages, when tackled in the correct order can make all the difference.
So make sure to cover your bases and put everything in the right order. It can save any chief operating officer time and money and set them up for future success
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