Project Planning Tips that Work
Project post mortems invariably uncover the need for better project planning next time around. The old adage measure twice and cut once certainly applies to complex projects with tight deadlines. So for those project managers and leaders looking to succeed, here are three project planning tips to succeed the first time in getting you from point A to point B.
Why Project Planning Matters
Imagine trying to build a house without detailed plans. Or think about leading a long overseas trip without an itinerary. Challenging? Yes. Effective and efficient? No.
The Top Three Project Planning Tips
After you have clearly defined the business case, success metrics, sponsor, roles, stakeholders, and communication plan and BEFORE you begin to actually work on your project, make sure that you follow these three best practice project planning tips learned from hundreds of project post mortem participants:
The more complex, important, and visible your project, the more time you should spend on risk management upfront.
Good project plans have crystal clear objectives, deliverables, tasks, scope, responsibilities, and budgets.
They also account for areas outside of the team’s control and effectively balance cost, quality, and time parameters from the start.
The Bottom Line
Better project planning always pays off – especially for highly complex, urgent, important, and visible projects. Follow the above project planning tips to better your chances of succeeding the first time.
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