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3 Principles for Increasing Productivity

In today’s fast-paced digital world, technology is influencing how we work. Teams are expected to communicate and collaborate on projects without boundaries, using tools to access data from any type of device – whenever and wherever.

But are we really more productive? Sadly, not necessarily – according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS). Recent figures show that UK productivity lagged behind every G7 advanced economy by 20 percent, the widest productivity gap since 1991.

So what’s missing? There is a vicious cycle brewing of non-traditional teams being managed with traditional project portfolio management (PPM) tools. While the teams are expected to be leaner and more productive, the tools are failing to capture or report on a daily grind of unstructured, collaborative work. Meanwhile at the top, there is an increased appetite for productivity numbers and data.

Project managers must harness tools that facilitate these new ways of working and embrace integrated, easy-to-use systems. Only then can they tackle head-on these chaotic, inefficient ways of working.

Here’s a peek into the 3 simple principles for increasing productivity within an organization

  1. Collaboration will help reduce the productivity gap
  2. Technology doesn’t manage resources, it’s simply an enabler
  3. Project management by numbers doesn’t work on its own

I invite you to read the full article titled “What can businesses do to bridge a puzzling productivity gap?” It provides additional details into the three principles so organizations can foster open and transparent communication and teamwork and boost productivity.

How in your organization performing in terms of productivity?  Share your experiences by leaving a comment below.


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Leyna O’Quinn
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Leyna O’Quinn is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified SAFe Agilist. She has been managing the Planview blog strategy for more than 7 years. She writes about portfolio and resource management, Lean and Agile delivery, project collaboration, innovation management, and enterprise architecture. She has more than 15 years of experience writing about technology, industry trends, and best practices. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing.