How to Create Project Synergy to Avoid Scope Creep

Posted by  Martijn van der Hoeden

Synergy, or the lack thereof, can make or break a project. When everyone is working together like a well-oiled machine, you have enthusiastic executive buy-in, and a lower risk of scope creep ruining your perfect project schedule. Here are ways you can create synergy with your people and project stakeholders. 

Start With an Empowering Foundation

You can't achieve your synergy goals if you're fighting against your professional services organization solution every step of the way. A robust platform, such as Unit4 PSA Suite, provides many tools that drive your team towards synergy.

Check on their activities in real-time and provide the leadership they need to go beyond their limits as individual workers. You can offer the insight they need to optimize their processes and accomplish their duties faster. Your foundation should also offer a centralized access point for every piece of material associated with your project. 

Encourage Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Innovations and technology tools often blur the lines of distinct job roles. You could have a marketing person doing sales activities, customer support working on account management and the IT team taking on a wide range of duties to support your growing tech infrastructure. 

Your organization already has some level of cross-discipline collaboration in place. Now you need to formalize this by encouraging it. When your people can work in the areas that they're best utilized, rather than the positions where they happened to be hired, you take another step towards game-changing synergy. 

Incorporate Frequent Feedback Into the Process

When you provide feedback after the work is completed, your people have a hard time remembering to incorporate that input in the future. With a solution that can offer you real-time insights, such as Unit4, you can identify the right moment to touch base with your team to maximize the benefits. 

Are you ready to get more out of your team? When you use these strategies to increase synergy throughout your PSO, you end up with a highly engaged workforce willing and able to go the extra mile. You have top-down insight into the work, allowing you to stop scope creep before it causes issues with your project schedule. Learn more about increasing your PSO's performance by watching our on-demand webinar. 

Martijn van der Hoeden

As Founder of the PSA Suite and Global Head of the PSO Center of Excellence, Martijn van der Hoeden drives to provide the Professional Services Organizations to improve their performances and maximize their organizations efficiency with the Unit4 PSA Suite.