With the New Year come new projects. Projects that were not completed the previous year. I have listed below my 5 top tips to stay on track with these projects.
Define: Define, define, define! Define the project before you begin it. So many times projects are started and the scope of the project is not defined or worse still not well defined. Leaving stake holders and sometimes customers holding the proverbial bag at the end of the project. So defining is the most important thing.
Changes: As with all things once you start, you’ll find you need to add something or take something out for a thousand different reasons, which I will not elaborate on here. You must log these changes. The why, how, when and who (who approved it), when these changes occur. It will save you time, money and grief later down the track.
Rebase line: After the changes are stated, defined and approved, you need to rebase line. See when the project will be done. Do you need more people, or maybe less? Do you need more funds? It is very important to re base line your project and see what impact the changes that were approved have made.
Feedback: Ask for feedback from your team(s). If you don’t hear anything or everything is always “ok” there could be a problem. Nothing is always “ok” and silence is a sure sign something is wrong.
Traps: Avoid the traps of “it won’t take that long,” or “it’s easy to do.” Remember this mantra “If it’s not in the project then it’s not in the project.”
These tips are nothing new under the sun, and I am sure you have heard them all before but, we all know that just because we “know” something, it does not mean we follow it. Remember the tips and follow them, you’ll find success in projects come much easier.