dimanche 27 mai 2012

The Essential Steps to Managing Projects

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The Essential Steps to Managing Projects
There is so much to learn to become a great project manager. You have to juggle time, money, people, equipment and materials. To do it all, some people feel like they have to be a miracle worker! But it's not the case. Just take these essential steps...
Initiate Carefully
When you start your project, wind it up slowly. Define the process by which you're going to manage your project from start to finish. Adopt a Project Life Cycle so you know what you have to do and by when. Then take these steps:
  1. Define the project goals, timeline and schedule
  2. Quantify the amount of resource you need
  3. Specify the project scope and deliverables
  4. Decide if you need to outsource to a supplier
  5. Recruit your team and set up a project office
Plan In Depth
Then identify all of the tasks needed to complete your project. Prioritize them and calculate how long each will take. Create a detailed project schedule, so you know what you have to do, when and how. Then take these steps:
  1. Identify the number of resources you need
  2. Set a budget and plan your expenditure
  3. List the deliverables and set quality targets
  4. Plan your communications so everyone is informed
  5. Decide how you are going to manage risks, changes and issues
Execute Swiftly
The next step is to execute your plan quickly and efficiently. This is the longest phase in the project, so you need to work smart to complete this phase on time. Take these steps:
  1. Record time spent by your team completing tasks
  2. Frequently check your actual vs. planned progress
  3. If you start falling behind, take action or get help
  4. Resolve risks, issues and changes quickly
  5. Keep your team motivated by rewarding good performance
Close and learn
When you've produced all of your deliverables and handed them over to your sponsor or customer, you're ready for closure. Do this by releasing project staff, contractors, suppliers and equipment. Then close your project office and handover documentation. Take the time to identify your lessons learned, as these will be invaluable to your next project.
These are the essential steps in the Project Life Cycle. If you want to learn how to complete these steps in more depth, then download the MPMM Methodology. Whether you're a novice or an expert, you'll find it valuable. Buy the MPMM Project Methodology today.

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