Project Management

Everything you need to know about pipelines for project management

Jan 14, 2022

A measly 19% of organizations delivered successful projects, according to a recent survey.

While every team’s definition of a successful project varies, most would define their success by how many projects they’ve delivered on time and without exceeding their budget.

Other factors for success could include shareholder satisfaction and positive client feedback.

But how do project managers, program directors, portfolio managers, and other stakeholders keep track of all this?

One of the methods that you can use to handle multiple projects is a pipeline. The pipeline is a visual tracking board for all the projects within a team or organization.

In this article, we’ll help you understand what a pipeline is in terms of project management, give examples of how different teams can use it, and answer some common questions.

What is a pipeline in project management?

A measly 19% of organizations delivered successful projects, according to a recent survey.

While every team’s definition of a successful project varies, most would define their success by how many projects they’ve delivered on time and without exceeding their budget.

Other factors for success could include shareholder satisfaction and positive client feedback.

But how do project managers, program directors, portfolio managers, and other stakeholders keep track of all this?

One of the methods that you can use to handle multiple projects is a pipeline. The pipeline is a visual tracking board for all the projects within a team or organization.

In this article, we’ll help you understand what a pipeline is in terms of project management, give examples of how different teams can use it, and answer some common questions.

Pipelines, or a version of them, can be used across every business process. You can use a pipeline to track sales leads, marketing campaigns, construction workflows, and lots more.

PMs can customize their sales pipelines with as few or as many columns as needed. monday.com offers different types of columns with various formatting options. You can see this below, with the time and priority columns both indicated distinctly.

Under each category, you can add columns to indicate the projects within your pipeline.

For example, a social media marketing project pipeline can have columns to depict the project’s name, the project lead, what platform the project is for (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), its current status, and priority.

You can create low-level project boards for the tasks within these projects and link the 2 using monday.com’s “Connect boards” columns.

Columns on monday.com can be customized to suit almost any project pipeline.

John Doe

Senior Writer at Dataninja

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