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Models for Enhancing Project/Task Management and Accountability

Effective project and task management is a critical skill set for leaders in any organisation. One of the challenges that talent management professionals often face is how to guide leaders in this critical area, especially when it comes to the notions of accountability and course correction. Various models and frameworks exist to provide structured guidance. In this blog post, we will explore these to offer a comprehensive toolset for business leaders.

The Multifaceted World of Management Models

Project Management Triangle (Time-Cost-Quality)

A cornerstone in project management, this model urges balance among time, cost, and quality. By emphasising that an adjustment in one factor impacts the others, the model serves as a roadmap for trade-offs and decisions. To learn more about the Project Management Triangle, click here. 

Agile Methodology

Frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, and Lean champion adaptability and incremental growth. These methodologies allow for constant evaluation and nimble course correction, making them suitable for projects that require agility. To learn more about the Agile Methodology, click here. 

Waterfall Model

Although less flexible than Agile, the Waterfall model offers a phase-dependent structure that allows for a structured form of course correction. It is most often applied in software development projects. To learn more about the Waterfall Model, click here. 

Critical Path Method (CPM)

CPM focuses on identifying the longest path of planned activities to complete a project. By doing so, it helps in the effective scheduling and prioritising of tasks, making it invaluable for large-scale projects. To learn more about the Critical Path Method, click here. 

PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments)

A process-driven model, PRINCE2 divides the project into manageable stages, thereby permitting targeted course correction. This approach ensures that projects stay aligned with initial objectives and requirements. To learn more about the PRINCE2, click here. 

Specialised Approaches

Theory of Constraints

This methodology identifies the primary limiting factor (or constraint) in reaching a goal, and then systematically focuses on improving this constraint until it ceases to be a limitation. To learn more about the Theory of Constraints, click here. 

Six Sigma

Known for its data-driven approach, Six Sigma aims for process improvement and includes statistical analyses for course correction, making it ideal for optimising existing processes. To learn more about Six Sigma, click here. 

Balanced Scorecard

This model uses a variety of performance indicators, both financial and non-financial, to offer a balanced perspective on performance and course correction. To learn more about the Balanced Scorecard, click here. 

OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

OKRs help in tracking performance against objectives. This framework offers leaders a way to measure progress and make informed decisions about course correction. To learn more about OKRs, click here. 

Additional Tools for Enhanced Accountability

SWOT Analysis

Although not a task management model per se, SWOT analysis can provide invaluable insights for course correction by evaluating Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. To learn more about the SWOT Analysis, click here. 

Gantt Charts

Visual tools like Gantt Charts help to track task progression over time and identify potential delays or bottlenecks, aiding course correction. To learn more about the Gantt Charts, click here. 

Getting Things Done (GTD)

David Allen’s GTD model frees up mental bandwidth by transferring tasks to an external system. This frees the individual to focus on task execution rather than management. To learn more about the Getting Things Done model, click here.


Originally from Lean Manufacturing, Kanban uses visual boards to monitor the flow of tasks, making it easy to spot bottlenecks and make adjustments. To learn more about Kanban, click here.


These goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound, and they serve to make task objectives clear and measurable. To learn more about SMART Goals, click here.

PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

This iterative four-step management method helps in continuous process and product improvement. To learn more about PDCA, click here.

RACI Matrix

The RACI model clearly defines roles in a project (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed), aiding in both task management and accountability. To learn more about the RACI Matrix, click here.

Tuckman's Stages of Group Development

Understanding these stages can help manage team dynamics effectively, offering a human-centric approach to course correction. To learn more about Tuckman's Stages of Group Development, click here.

Each model and framework has its own strengths and weaknesses, and the most effective approach depends on your project or task’s unique requirements. Talent management professionals can guide business leaders in selecting and implementing these tools for improved task management and accountability.

By integrating these models into your leadership training and development programmes, you can provide a robust toolkit for effective project and task management. This, in turn, will enhance accountability and improve outcomes across the organisation.
Trevor O'Sullivan

Trevor O'Sullivan

General Manager. Since the early 2000s, Trevor has worked with thousands of Talent Management professionals to develop and apply assessment-based talent management solutions for selecting, developing and managing people. Trevor is an active member of the TTI Success Insights (TTISI) Global Advisory Council, contributes to TTISI product development and is a regular presenter at TTISI-R3. He is honoured to have received multiple Blue Diamond Awards and, more recently, the Bill Brooks Impact Award recognising his contributions to the TTISI global network.

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