8 reasons why your digital projects are slow – and how to solve them

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Written by Vegard Ottervig, Demand Generation Manager at Enonic

If your digital projects are slow there can be many reasons why. Bureaucracy, skills shortage, ineffective communication are only some of them. Find more reasons, and how to solve them in this article.

There are no surprises when it comes to the causes of a slow-running digital project. Bureaucracy, skills shortages, ineffective communication and inefficient tech are all reasons why your project keeps dragging on and on. Nothing new there then.

What is exciting, however, are the new methods for overcoming these hurdles. Innovative systems, agile project management, new communication tools and lean startup techniques can all supercharge your digital projects, helping you create consistently amazing digital experiences in record time.

1. Too much time spent on maintenance vs. innovation

Sinking time and money into inefficient systems is a surefire way of slowing down your digital projects. Instead, prioritise innovation. Allocating a portion of your digital transformation budget to innovation might not offer instant rewards, but when it comes to creating a future-proof digital architecture, it’s essential.

2. Too much bureaucracy

Organisational bureaucracy isn’t just a major headache – it can slow down digital projects to a snail pace too. Between needless policies, endless paperwork, and a lack of decision-making authority, there’s not much time for actually getting things done.

The solution? Lean startup techniques. Inspired by the efficiency of startup businesses, the lean model aims to eliminate waste across entire value streams, rather than at isolated points. Lean methodology has become so popular that Gartner estimates that more than 50% of businesses will be leveraging it by 2021.

3. Sluggish communication across departments

Crowdsourcing help for a digital project is a great way to invite new and innovative ideas, but it’s also a common bottleneck. To ensure your collaboration runs smoothly, it’s vital that you establish processes for effectively communicating across departments. This means picking a system that benefits all involved departments for maximum productivity.

Read more: Make your CMS the hub for your digital experiences »

4. Too much time spent on small tasks

Nitty gritty tasks might seem small, but they soon add up. To keep on top of them, create a “fast lane”. Dedicated developers can then work with your digital team to sprint through these small development tasks, clearing the deck for bigger projects.

5. Lacking the right skills

Sometimes slow projects are simply a result of not having the right skills. Often, this can be solved by training your team to bring them up to speed with best practices. But other times, the best solution is to bring in the experts. Seeking core competence from development partners isn’t cheating – it’s a savvy way of ensuring everyone spends more time doing what they do best.

6. Old CMS architecture

Working with an old CMS architecture? Then no wonder your digital projects are lagging behind. To figure out exactly what’s holding you back, take time to identify your needs and map out any pain points. This will help you create a checklist for finding the perfect CMS for your organisation.

Read more: 5 reasons to choose Enonic as your CMS »

7. Hard to integrate legal systems

A legacy system doesn’t have to slow you down. Leave it to the experts to expose the right APIs for integration. While you may not be able to get rid of these systems, there’s no reason why you can’t live in harmony together.

8. Inefficient projects

Amazing digital experiences rely on efficient software development. Enter the Agile Method. Aimed to ensure better quality applications, better technical practices and better project management, agile frameworks are a great way of ensuring seamless collaboration. To find out more about agile projects, hire special trainers to get the whole team up to speed.

There are lots of reasons why you might be struggling with sluggish digital projects. But luckily, that means there are lots of solutions as seen above. The link connecting all of these solutions is simple: innovation. Whether it’s investing in a future-proof CMS, or establishing new processes for collaboration and communication, innovative processes and technology are at the heart of efficient digital projects.

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