Project managers must have a sense of all the aspects of their projects that they oversee. In order to do that, there must be certain steps taken in order to ensure success of project completion. In an article from CIO magazine, Jason Westland, provided 5 goals project managers should aim to achieve and the steps PMs can take to manage each goal effectively.
The following were listed as steps that would ensure project success:
Goal: Finish on Time
Action: Manage the scope of the project carefully.
Goal: Finish Under Budget
Action: Set a budget at the beginning for comparison including all associated costs that may accrue.
Goal: Meet Requirements
Action: Have detailed enough requirements at the beginning.
Goal: Keep Customers Happy
Action: Manage expectations of customer, project sponsor, and stakeholder carefully. Importantly, they should be kept up-to-date on the progress. Westland states, “openness and honesty are always the best tools for setting customer expectations.”
Goal: Keep Team Members Happy
Action: Reward and recognize successes. In addition, assign projects while being mindful of team members’ individual strengths. Conduct team building exercises to maintain morale.
Keys that drive success of each goal point towards open communication and setting standards at the beginning. Another key is a good team. According to Westland, “with a happy motivated team, you can achieve anything.”
To read Westland’s article in it’s entirety please click here.
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