Understanding the pivotal relationship between measurement and management, the Suffolk team took proactive steps to construct a comprehensive dashboard capable of aggregating data from diverse sources and providing near real-time accessibility. This technological advancement played a crucial role in streamlining project execution within Suffolk. With faster access to information, teams could swiftly perceive project dynamics, take prompt actions, and equip every project manager with a comprehensive understanding of the project’s high-level picture.
The dashboard’s impact extended beyond initial project involvement, benefitting Assistant Project Managers (APMs) joining projects mid-flow. Even if they were not previously involved, APMs could efficiently acquire the necessary project information and develop a comprehensive understanding. Furthermore, the transparency enabled by data empowered enhanced collaboration among team members. APMs could engage in meaningful conversations with executives and senior leaders by virtue of comprehending the high-level view of the project.
However, the benefits of the dashboard didn’t end there. Beyond facilitating current projects, Suffolk’s data transparency enabled valuable retrospection. By looking back at previous jobs, teams could extract insights and lessons that could be applied to present endeavors, fostering continuous improvement and informed decision-making.