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August 7, 2013

Quick Tips to Ensure Project Success

Successfully managing projects to completion takes strong skills in many areas—communication, time management, organization, conflict resolution, negotiation among others. Here are some quick tips to make project management easier.shutterstock_81109741

  • Identify the right business requirements. Take time at the beginning to explore all aspects of the project. Identify what is needed, the required deadlines, budget and resource constraints, any contingencies that might affect deliverables, and so on. Avoid making assumptions; instead, do solid research and perform a risk analysis. Talk to everyone involved in the project.
  • Manage stakeholders. Stakeholders have a vested interest in the project—in either its success or its failure. At the beginning, identify who these key players are. Stakeholders may not have an active role in the project itself, but they may be in positions of authority to influence the outcome. Put a plan in place to keep them in the loop and informed of progress. This may require one-on-one meetings or special status reports.
  • Put project monitoring in place. Project monitoring requires you to keep up to date on what is happening with every part of the project. Hold people accountable for their deliverables and put in place a status reporting process. Even though people dislike meetings, having in-person meetings at critical check points can keep everyone focused on the goal and can reinforce teamwork among staff.

Project management is challenging, but you can minimize these challenges with careful planning and by paying attention to the project as it progresses.

See my blog post Time Management vs. Action Management for more.

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