Project Planning Breakthroughs – A proven process that can be immediately understood and implemented by your whole team


When it comes to project management, there are several factors to consider, as well as internal and external elements that may cause a project to derail. However, by taking a few precautions and having an excellent plan in place, you can lead your project to success. Here are 10 project management tips and tricks to help ensure your project will move along smoothly.

 

Tip 1: Nail Down Project Details

Make sure the Project is based on a solid foundation and that you have buy-in from all key stakeholders. Understand their interests and expectations.   You will also need to ensure that the project scope is clearly identified, including the roles and responsibilities of the project team.

 

Tip 2: Identify Project and Team Requirements

Once you have a strong plan in place, you can start implementing it by assembling an effective project team.  Make sure that each individual on the project is clear about their task and what they are providing upon completion.

 

Tip 3: Be the Project Leader

In this position, you will need to cultivate good team dynamics and act as a coach to all team members. You will also be the leader when it comes to getting input from the project team and major stakeholders, as well as getting their buy-in.

 

Tip 4: Define Critical Project Milestones

Identify defining moments throughout the project. Perform a real evaluation at the end of each phase. Make sure to examine every deliverable

 

Tip 5: Keep the Communication Lines Open

One of the most critical steps is to ensure that the communication lines are open. You will need to be the operator of this communications system. Keep a communications plan and stick with it.

 

Tip 6: Attain Pertinent Documentation

From the initiation of the project to the milestones along the way, you should have documentation signed by the stakeholders.

 

Tip 7: Manage Project Risks

Your project management experience can help guide you so that you may be able to foresee when risk is imminent and when corrective action needs to be taken.

 

Tip 8: Avoid Scope Creep

Although some change is inevitable in any project situation, you will want to keep your project from creeping into chaos. In general, scope creep happens when new elements are added to a project that’s already been approved, but no consideration is given to increasing the budget, adding more time and/or adding more resources.

 

Tip 9: Test Deliverables

Deliverables should be tested at every critical milestone and the final product must meet the project requirements. Before moving on to the next phase of the project, you need to be sure that the product is coming along as planned.

 

Tip 10: Evaluate the Project

You will want to review the project as a whole, as well as analyze various project components. What were the project victories? Where were there project disappointments? Make informed conclusions about the project’s quality and the product’s performance

Contact Karen Hardman on karen@prioritymanagement.co.za for details of our Project Planning Breakthroughs workshop. (Project%20Planning%20Breakthroughs-Public-20140729.pdf)

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