Project Management Memory Jogger

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Fri 01 Apr 2011 5:42 pm

Today I've been writing a list of important things to bear in mind before, during and after project delivery:
  • Baseline your plan so you can see your progress.
  • Create the right environment so people will take ownership for their parts of the project.
  • Constantly evaluate project progress asking, “How are we doing?”
  • Add some slack. Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Create simple and easy to understand documentation.
  • Validate constantly.
  • Test, test, test using external people.
  • Celebrate if the project hits its schedule.
  • Follow up after the delivery to make sure it is all working or for improvements opportunities.
  • Check the expected benefits are being realised.
  • Learn and document lessons from projects.
  • Kill failing projects quickly.
  • Have fun!
As a project manager, I find this type of list a useful memory jogger.

Anything to add?

Duncan
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Sat 23 Apr 2011 9:01 am

Here are some more tips I've dug out:
  • Project management has a definite beginning and end. It is not a continuous process.
  • A plan is not a project, it is a tool.
  • Thirty five per cent of projects are consumed in overheads and administration.
  • Project failures will happen.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding before starting a project.
  • Projects must meet customer requirements, be under budget and on time.
  • Always remember revision numbers and to check that all those involved in the project are using the same version of the plan.
  • Know who's in the project environment and manage them.
  • Projects need good communication. Ensure that a suitable communications infrastructure exists.
  • Projects do not run without politics, so manage it.
  • Analyse the impact each of the players in a project might have.
  • Ask for the information you need to run a project effectively, for example, a weekly breakdown of costs and hours.
  • Keep the project momentum going.
  • Monitor and control any risks.
  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Ask how much money do I have, how much time and what deliverable is required.
  • Know what you own. Personal success factors are, for example, product fit for purpose and customer sign-off.
  • Agree with the customer what the critical success factors are. These maybe just a few items from a long wish list. Deliver what the customer agrees to.
  • Project Managers are rarely hands on, running projects is enough.
  • Manage, minimise and control.
  • If there is anything to do, do it.
For many more tips, take a look at Alec Satin's comprehensive 72 Project Management Tips.

Duncan
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