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10 tips to meet your project planning goals

Moira Alexander | Nov. 4, 2015
Project management is both an art and a science, requiring you to focus on and master numerous tasks. These 10 actionable tips will help you meet your goals and achieve success as a project manager.

Plan how you will monitor and measure performance

The only way to know if a project is managed successfully is if you can at least measure the performance in terms of time, cost and quality. The only way you can measure performance is if you regularly and actively monitor it. Without the ability to effectively do this, it’s impossible to know if a project is on schedule, on budget or meeting any other objectives/deliverables identified by the organization.

Tip 9. Determine the techniques and methods you will use to monitor and measure activities, budgets and timelines,and make sure it’s done frequently. Regularly communicate the results and the required corrective actions with the project team, stakeholders and management, delegating responsibilities to the appropriate parties. Then follow up to ensure action was taken. This should be a repeatable process throughout the project.

Plan to have the necessary tools/techniques/methodologies

“Having the right tools for the job” may sound like a cliché, but project management is complex enough without having to manually perform tasks that can be automated in some way to reduce unnecessary workarounds.

Tip 10. In the initial stage of a project, check with the appropriate parties in the organization that all the required internal or external tools are available to successfully execute the project. Waiting till you are deep into the project to find out important resources aren’t available could change the outcome of a phase or even the entire project.


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