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European Championship: An Example of Effective Resource & Project Management

Teamwork meets tactics: project management at the football european championship
Conny Düran
01.07.2024 | 3 min reading time

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When we think of the UEFA European Football Championship, we see the drama, the passion, and the sheer physical exertion on the field. Yet behind the scenes, another kind of game unfolds – one that requires as much strategy, planning, and management as the game itself: project and resource management. This event impressively demonstrates how essential good management is for success and offers us valuable lessons that we can apply to our own projects.

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Team Composition – The Foundation of Success

Every successful football team begins with the careful selection of players. Similar to how a project manager must assemble the right team, a coach chooses players based on their skills, form, and ability to interact with other team members. This corresponds to resource allocation in project management, where each resource (or employee) is assigned based on their skills and the requirements of the project phases.

Strategy and Tactics – The Game Plan

1-2A coach must not only select the right players but also set the right tactics. This requires a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of one's own team as well as the opponents. In project management, the leader must similarly develop a strategy that plays to the strengths of his team and minimizes risks. The ability to adapt plans flexibly is crucial both on the football field and in project management.

Time Management – Efficiency Under Pressure

In a football match, time is a critical factor. Every half, every minute counts, much like project deadlines. Efficient time management often determines victory or defeat. Project managers can learn from football coaches how to remain efficient under pressure and how to optimally use available time to achieve project goals.

Dealing with Changes and the Unexpected

Football games are dynamic; injuries, weather, or the tactics of the opponent may require quick adjustments. Good project management is similar in that there must always be a Plan B (or even Plan C) ready. The ability to be flexible and adaptive is crucial to respond to changes and still maintain the upper hand.

Communication – The Key to Coordination

On the field, communication is crucial to ensure that all players act as a unit. In project management, clear communication is just as important to ensure that all team members and stakeholders are on the same page and misunderstandings are avoided.

Performance Evaluation – Feedback and Adjustment

After each game, coaches analyze the team's performance to strengthen strengths and mitigate weaknesses. In project management, collecting feedback and conducting debriefings (post-mortems) after a project is completed is essential to improve future projects.

The Football European Championship is more than just a sporting event; it is a prime example of excellent project and resource management. Each game reflects the extensive planning and tactical skill that is also paramount in the world of project management. By integrating these principles into our projects, we can not only increase their chances of success but also lead our team to peak performance.


1-1Finally, it is important to emphasize that the evaluations, analyses, and planning by coaches today take place both practically and digitally. In modern football, just like in project management, the use of advanced software is indispensable. Coaches use complex data analyses and digital tools to develop strategies, assess player performances, and simulate game plays. Similarly, in project management, it is essential to use modern industry software to effectively manage resources, optimize communication flows, and dynamically adjust project plans. These digital tools allow for deeper insight and more precise control of processes, which is crucial for success in an increasingly complex world.


Conny Düran
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Conny Düran

Conny Düran is Head of Customer Service and Support at Can Do. She is therefore very close to the challenges of the prospective customers and the everyday project work of the users. In the Can Do blog, Conny writes about features of our software that are particularly popular with users.